Thursday, July 17, 2008

Is Plastic Surgery Immoral? What World Religions Have to Say

By Andrea Useem

Giving birth to three healthy boys was priceless. Having an incurably squishy tummy to show for it is embarrassing. And I admit that after inflating and deflating the balloon that is my belly three times, the idea of getting a tummy tuck does sometimes cross my mind. But I worry that altering my body for vanity is wrong.
Oprah says cosmetic surgery isn’t something women should be ashamed of, but still, the idea of spending thousands of dollars and undergoing surgery simply to look better doesn’t sit right with me. Since I’m a religious person who tends to think in moral terms, I called up bioethicist Arthur Caplan to get some perspective. Read More

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