THE CIRCUMCISION REFERENCE LIBRARY


JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY & THE LAW, Volume 7, Number 1, Pages 87-123, 1998-1999.

 

DO PARENTS HAVE THE LEGAL
AUTHORITY TO CONSENT TO THE
SURGICAL AMPUTATION OF
NORMAL, HEALTHY TISSUE FROM
THEIR INFANT CHILDREN?: THE
PRACTICE OF CIRCUMCISION IN THE
UNITED STATES

 

ROSS POVENMIRE*

I. INTRODUCTION.............................................................87
II. HISTORICAL AND MEDICAL PERSPECTIVES OF ROUTINE INFANT                     
CIRCUMCISION IN THE UNITED STATES...........................................90
III. THE PREQUISITES OF ELECTIVE CONSENT TO SURGERY.........................98
   A. Ability of Minors to Consent to Surgery..............................101
   B. Ability of Parents to Consent on Behalf of Their Children............103
IV. THE POWER OF THE STATE TO INTERVENE IN PARENTAL DECISIONS                  
AFFECTING THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF MINORS..................................106
V. PARENTAL CONSENT UNDER THE FEDERAL CRIMINALIZATION OF                      
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION ACT..............................................113
   A. Comparing Female Genital Mutilation and Male Circumcision............114
   B. An Equal Protection Challenge........................................119
VI. CONCLUSION.............................................................122


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*Ross Povenmire received his Juris doctorate from the University of Maine School of Law. He was the founder of the Men's Issues Discussion Group at the School. He is currently an associate with McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Concord, New Hampshire. Povenmire would like to thank Professor Jennifer Wriggins for her support and encouragement in the preparation of this article.


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(File revised 3 January 2008)

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