Since many years, circumcision has become a controversial topic due to its human and ethical implications. On one hand, some argue that this procedure should be considered a medical right as it can provide certain benefits such as decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections while on the other some believe it violates an individual’s autonomy and should not be performed without their consent. Additionally, there is also a moral component to consider as circumcision can alter an infant’s physical appearance permanently which raises concerns about whether or not parents are allowed to make decisions regarding their child’s body.
In terms of the nurse’s role in relation to this ethical dilemma, they must ensure patients are well informed so they can make an educated decision based on all available information. Nurses must also respect the decision made by patients, even if it is not their own. Professionals should always strive to act according to professional standards in caring for patient regardless of personal belief.