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Eyes Wide Open: Surgery to Westernize the Eyes of an Asian Child


Alicia R. Ouellette


Albany Law School

2008

The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 39, p. 15, 2009

Abstract:     
By emphasizing parental rights, the law allows parents to choose surgery to modify a child for aesthetic, cultural, or social reasons unrelated to a physical or psychological need of the child. This paper explores the case of an adoptive parent who chose cosmetic surgery to open the eyes of his Asian daughter. The paper identifies the potential harm done to a child when a parent uses surgery to shape her body and the ways in which current law protects parental choice at the expense of children's rights. It then suggests that by conceptualizing the role of parents as trustees, the law would better protect children while maintaining parental choice in medically necessary cases.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: children's rights, cosmetic surgery, asian eye shaping, parental choice

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Date posted: June 17, 2008 ; Last revised: September 25, 2009

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Ouellette, Alicia R., Eyes Wide Open: Surgery to Westernize the Eyes of an Asian Child (2008). The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 39, p. 15, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1146609

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Alicia R. Ouellette (Contact Author)
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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