The circumcision of male infants may put fundamental principles at stake-principles that form the very foundation of ethics, law, and human rights. These basic precepts are not receiving due attention in the current debate over circumcision. Instead, circumcision is being looked at almost exclusively from the standpoints of public health and theology, as though these two frames of reference were the only ones that mattered. This paper, however, puts ethics, law, and human rights at the centre of the debate over male circumcision.

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