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Should ear piercing of newborns be banned?
Ear piercing of newborns should be banned.
It is an unnecessary procedure with a risk of infection and as such it should be avoided.
The procedure causes pain to a newborn. Causing unnecessary pain to babies is plain wrong.
It violates body autonomy of an infant.
It is morally wrong to poke holes in babies for the aesthetic enjoyment of adults.
It is one of the many ways in which parents associate a particular gender to a baby from birth.
Ear piercing of newborns is customary in some societies. Banning it would be discriminatory against them and their accepted cultural norms.
There is no serious risk for the baby that would justify a state intervention.
It is a fairly widespread and popular practice and as such, not easy to uproot. The ban would lack popular support.
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