“Cosmetic circumcision is banned at Australian public hospitals, although the surgery can be carried out privately” The Guardian reports on maverick Doctor promoting genital cutting.
‘It is most consistent with the individual’s right to self-determination that parents not be allowed to make this decision,’ says Ethics Board
The Independent covers the debate in Denmark – where the vast majority want religious child abuse legislated against.
Thorough article questioning circumcision from a Jewish perspective ….
” … the right to manifest one’s religion is not absolute – it is limited by the harm caused to others. In 2011, 11 boys under the age of one were treated for life-threatening haemorrhage, shock or sepsis relating to circumcision in Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it’s estimated that 100 boys die as a result of circumcisions every year. Can religion …justify this? ”
UK viewers will not understand the first comment as the decision to circumcise is not a common one in the UK – you either abuse your child in this way because your religion, Islam or Orthodox Judaism, demands it – or you don’t even think about it – as the vast majority of native Britons born since the formation of the NHS (National Health Service) don’t think about it. Routine infant circumcision, MGM, was recognised as of no medical value and therefore not funded in the newly formed NHS in 1940s Britain.
Debate from 2015 (4 minutes). “African studies”, “30%”, and several other “facts” need to be checked and will be found lacking, as is the banner claiming MGM reduces the risk of penile cancer – penile cancer is extremely rare.
It is a bit silly asking a Jewish or Muslim Doctor to comment fairly on this issue. Fox should have got a non-religious Doctor to comment as well or instead of. Religious precedent for parents’ “preferences” soon crops up in the debate which was originally about rights of the child and possible medical benefits or lack thereof. Although religious precedent suggests many barbaric things concerning non heterosexual relationships modern Jews do not do them – why should MGM be different – why abuse children?
Denmark overwhelmingly does not support religious cult practises involving genital mutilation of boys …
I wrote this email in response to an article circulating on Facebook the title of which likened male circumcision of infants to a vaccination program … If a vaccine was proposed with little benefit in prevention of nothing in particular with a serious complication rate of 1 in 200 surely it would be rejected …
American academic paper which raises all the main issues. Things are beginning to change in the USA. I hope to see all children, boys,girls, and intersex, protected from genital mutilation. The law and medical ethics should be applied without gender bias. If society can override the wishes of irrational religious people concerning gay marriage – then secular law should protect all children from religious blood rites. It is a sad condemnation of western society that the feelings of adults are addressed before the harm to children. Religion has no right to demand genital mutilation of boys – and everyone in society needs to wake up to this. People who promote this should be treated like people who promote FGM. Equality for boys.