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Opinion: The unethical behavior of forensic dentists at our southern border

Dentists who perform "age-determining" X-rays along the southern border are breaching their professional duties and engaging in unethical behavior. They should stop this punitive activity.
Central American immigrants walk along the border fence in El Paso, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico. Source: John Moore/Getty Images

Parents who entrust the care of their children to doctors and dentists do so based on the belief that these professionals will act in the best interest of their children. A profound breach of that trust occurs when those professionals not only violate the “do no harm” maxim they pledged when taking the Hippocratic oath, but do so through the misuse of the licenses and privileges they’ve been granted in exchange for our trust. That’s happening right now on our southern border.

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