The Ethics of Male Circumcision

One of the most difficult issues about this question of circumcision is the ethics of who gets to make the decision: Is it the parents responsibility to make the decision? (And therefore, is it also their right to make the decision?) Or is it their son’s right to make the decision, of course, when he is old enough to make it? And then, when he is old enough to make the decision — as a teenager? as an adult?

Recently the University of Oxford focused on this exact issue, asking doctors, medical ethicists and other professionals to weigh in on the decision.

The Ethics of Male Circumcision