The clash of prudence with principle


May 14, 2010

Hi there!

Female genital mutilation is wrong, right? So why has the American Academy of Pediatrics appealed for a relaxation of a government ban on the practice? The AAP thinks that a blanket ban on an ancient cultural practice will not work. Instead parents are going to haul their daughters back to the old country where the procedure will take place without anaesthetics, without hygiene, perhaps with a shard of broken glass.

Absolutely not, say the AAP’s counterparts in the UK. They regard this notion as a shameful concession to repugnant and oppressive gender-based violence.

The conflict of realism with principle is fascinating. Where do you stand on this? Make a comment!

Early next week we will publish an interview with distinguished American bioethicist George J. Annas about his latest book, Worst Case Bioethics. Please visit the BioEdge website to check it out.

Cheers,
Michael Cook
Editor

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