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Circumcision Is a Religious/Cultural Procedure, Not a Medical Procedure

J. Steven Svoboda, MA, JD1
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1Attorneys for the Rights of the Child, Berkeley, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):293-294. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5107.
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To the Editor Morris and Tobian1 note that parents are granted wide latitude in authorizing surgical procedures for their children. But that latitude is not unlimited and is fiduciary in nature. Fundamentally, male circumcision is a religious and cultural cosmetic procedure, not a valid medical procedure.

Almost 70 years ago, writing in a much less child-protective era than the present, in Prince v Massachusetts, the US Supreme Court held that “neither rights of religion nor rights of parenthood are beyond limitation…. Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children [emphasis added]….”2


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March 1, 2014
Brian J. Morris, DSc, PhD; Aaron A. R. Tobian, MD, PhD
1School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):294. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5110.
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