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The ethics of child genital cutting. When does a violation occur? Comments on “Defending an inclusive right to genital and bodily integrity for children” by Dr. Kate Goldie Townsend

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I am grateful to the following for help with this paper and for consulting with me on this topic: Max DuBoff, Brian Earp, Jason Petrulis, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon, B.G, and B.M.S. I would also like to thank the reviewer for their helpful comments, and the editor and staff at the IJIR for all their excellent work.

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Buckler, M. The ethics of child genital cutting. When does a violation occur? Comments on “Defending an inclusive right to genital and bodily integrity for children” by Dr. Kate Goldie Townsend. Int J Impot Res (2022).

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