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Ritual Circumcision and Human Rights: Beyond the Four Principles
Start Date: 4/30/2015Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 4/30/2015

Event Description:
Colloquium Series featuring Dr. Allan Jacobs

Opponents of circumcision have increasingly used human rights arguments to justify their viewpoint. These arguments will be discussed, especially claims that circumcision impermissibly violates a right to an open future and a right of autonomy. Allan Jacobs will discuss the proposed benefits and harms of circumcision. He will place circumcision into the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, both of which can be mobilized to support or oppose non-therapeutic circumcision of minors. He will discuss that neither state power on the one hand, nor, on the other hand, the prerogatives of parents and groups to which they belong, should be absolute. He will propose an algorithm for determining when practices that might put a child's health at risk should be permitted.

Allan Jacobs is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He received his BA (psychology) at Cornell University, his MD from the University of Southern California, and his JD from St. John's University. He completed his residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and his fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. A board certified gynecologic oncologist, he has served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He currently is Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. He has published articles in the field of reproductive ethics in journals such as the Hastings Center Reports. He has also published in the area of health law, a current research interest. He is especially interested in the tension between state power and individual rights and prerogatives with respect to health-related issues such as vaccination, access to investigational drugs, and circumcision. He teaches biomedical ethics and health law to medical students and residents.
Location Information:
East Campus - Health Sciences Tower  (View Map)
Nicolls Road and Health Sciences Drive Intersection
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-4000
Room: Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Level 3, Rm 067
Contact Information:
Email: Michael.Ortega@stonybrook.edu
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