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May. 4th, 2014 | 04:02 pm

Because PM's and email don't work well for me, here's place I can answer them.

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The Empress of Ice Cream

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from: icecreamempress
date: May. 10th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)

You were going to let me know which hospitals in the Boston area are performing elective surgeries on newborns without their parent(s)' or guardian(s)' consent, per our exchange on James Nicoll's LJ. I can certainly promise an angry letter to (and about) those institutions.

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from: bemused_leftist
date: May. 12th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)

Thanks. I wish I knew such specifics. A quick Google brought up some links which might be a place to start on the issue.

In any case, I've been told it's an unclear situation. Any hospital (or Peruvian government sterilization project) will have some sort of consent language buried somewhere, or a consent form in a stack of other forms, given to the mother while she is still stressed -- and with unspoken pressure to just get the stack over with. It's not a time to look deeply or ask questions.

So the issue is, in how many cases is the consent an informed consent. What information is the hospital giving the parents, how long in advance, and does it include a fair presentation of the alternatives. Are the parents told that this surgery does not have to be done immediately, but can be done at any age. Etc.

This would come from first person accounts from parents or nurses -- which are likely to be given to anti-circumcision groups (or MRA groups, god help us).

Edited at 2014-05-12 04:37 am (UTC)

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from: bemused_leftist
date: May. 12th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)

Here is a list of links, and a scrap of background'

1. Up to a certain point in the history of circumcision in the US, circumcision was often done at the doctor’s discretion with little or no input from the parents at all.
• But by the 1970s, medical ethics had changed to emphasize that patients had the right to make their own decisions about interventions, so circumcision progressed to being a parental decision.
• Currently, the American medical establishment makes much of circumcision as a “personal choice”

• Opinion: Consent for Circumcision - Bethlehem, PA Patch
Patch Media
Sep 19, 2012 - The debate on circumcision is heating up again. After being ... Davis believes that informed consent is an inadequate approach to the issue.

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Informed Consent for Neonatal Circumcision - CUA Law ...
by JS Svoboda - ‎2000 - ‎Cited by 68 - ‎Related articles
See generally R.S. Van Howe, Consent for Circumcision, 156 CAN. MED. ASS'N J. 17 ... disclosure, adequate capacity to consent, and voluntariness. It then.

1. Doctors Re-examine Circumcision | Birth Psychology
birthpsychology.com › Journals › [field_review_issue_reference-title-raw]
Doctors Re-examine Circumcision devotes one to six pages to explaining, ... on theinadequacy of parental consent to neonatal circumcision is quoted at length.

1. Circumcision: Medically Unnecessary | Informed Choice
The surgery is called “circumcision,” and it is carried out a million times a ... Parentalconsent is inadequate if the baby is not sick, and doesn't need the surgery.

1. Medical Ethics and the Circumcision of Children - Doctors ...
Since minors cannot consent, special ethical rules, applicable to pediatrics, must ... The view espoused by these older authorities is outmoded and inadequate ...

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Informed consent for neonatal circumcision: an ethical and legal conundrum. - ResearchGate

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Circumcisions in a Boston Hospital

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Circumcision in Law

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Genital Integrity Policy - Medical Ethics and the Circumcision of Children

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Involuntary Circumcision: the Legal Issues

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New AAP Policy on Circumcision « Science-Based Medicine

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Informed consent for neonatal circumcision: an ethical and legal conundrum. - ResearchGate

1. Mothers Against Circumcision - Put your baby's welfare first
Many famous child care experts and doctors recommend against circumcision. Dr. Dean Edell has advised against infant circumcision in his radio show for more ...

2. Jews Against Circumcision

We are a group of educated and enlightened Jews who realize that the barbaric, primitive, torturous, and mutilating practice of circumcision has no place in ...

3. Doctors Opposing Circumcision

International organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. [Seattle Washington]

5. Celebrities Against Circumcision | Facebook

Celebrities Against Circumcision. 4905 likes • 3154 talking about this. Outspoken advocates against genital mutilation of children, using their fame & fortune to ...

7. National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource ...

Apr 11, 2013 - This is the home page for the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, an NGO in roster status with the United ...

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