Are Baby Boys Entitled to the Same Protection as Baby Girls Regarding Genital Mutilation?
  • Zenas Baer


It is not the intent of this article to argue that female genital mutilation should be permitted, nor to judge whether female genital mutilation is worse than routine infant male circumcision. The intent of this article is to force American society, parents, insurance industry, and the medical community to address the routine mutilation of males, a procedure done for purely cultural reasons on nonconsenting babies. It is the author’s position that the routine mutilation of male or female genitalia for other than medical necessity is a violation of basic human rights. A gender-specific law that does not ban male genital mutilation necessarily violates the guarantee of equal protection of law under the Federal Constitution of the United States.


Female Genital Mutilation United States Constitution Penile Cancer Equal Protection Glans Penis 
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