Analiza i Egzystencja

ISSN: 1734-9923     eISSN: 2300-7621     DOI: 10.18276/aie.2020.51-03

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Etyczne aspekty "obrzezania"
(Ethical aspects of medically unnecessary child genital cutting)

Authors: Karolina Wiśniowska
Uniwersytet Jagielloński
Keywords: female genital mutilation circumcition ethics bioethics Seattle compromise harm principle best interest standard
Year of publication:2020
Page range:20 (45-64)
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Female genital mutilation includes procedures which remove or cause injury to some or all women’s external genital organs. There are a lot of medical risks involved - nevertheless, in some societies it is mainstream practice, carried out mostly on girls younger then fifteen years of age. There are some similarities between female genital mutilation and male circumcision: young age of people who are being subjected to those procedures, and - to some extend - symbolic meaning and risk of harm. Female genital mutilation is strictly banned in Western countries, while male circumcision is accepted. In this paper, it is considered if it would be acceptable to make compromise in the case of female genital mutilation in the form of so-called Seattle compromise.
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