Lahey Clinic Newsletter
medical ethics, family law, circumcision
In the United States, a custodial parent has the right and responsibility to make medical decisions for one's child. But does that right encompass consenting for a surgical procedure for which there is little or no medical justification? What if the noncustodial parent opposed the procedure? And when is a child old enough to make the decision for him- or herself? How should a physician respond when asked to perform a surgical procedure when the decision is enmeshed in family controversy? These and other questions are considered in Boldt, a recent family law case decided by the Supreme Court of Oregon.
Dena S. Davis, Fathers, Foreskins, and Family Law, 16 Lahey Clinic Newsletter 4 (Spring 2009)