Healthcare & Secularism: Brian Earp – “Gender or genital autonomy?”

Brian Erp speaks on the perverse ethics of legal genital cutting of children …

From the British NSS (National Secular Society) 2018 conference on medical ethics.

Facebook Video, Brian Erp, 2018


Why cutting ANY child’s genitals is wrong: female, male, or intersex

Brian Erp is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center Bioethics Research Institute, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.

He covers very well the modern international situation and legal and ethical dilemmas in this Youtube video.

Recent court cases in England and the United States have highlighted a paradox in the current legal treatment of female, male, and intersex children with respect to the protections they are afforded against medically unnecessary genital cutting. In particular, there are legally prohibited forms of female genital cutting (such as the so-called ritual ‘nick’) that are less invasive or risky than permitted forms of male and intersex genital cutting, creating a “collision course” for law and policy in the immediate future.

Video Link


Dr Anthony Lempert discusses why he thinks circumcision should be banned

The 53-year-old, who was born into a Jewish family himself, but no longer identifies with the religion, said his main issues arose from the principle that patients needed to be able to consent to surgical procedures.

“I follow the basic principles of medical ethics and circumcision is given a free pass to bypass that,” he said.

Click for Full Article


Circumcision should be ILLEGAL: Expert claims public figures are too scared to call for a ban over fears they could be branded anti-Semitic or Islamophobic

Dr Niall McCrae, a mental health lecturer at King’s College London, claims it should be considered in the same regard as female genital mutilation.

Read more:


UK’s National Secular Society Supports Iceland’s Decision to Prevent Genital Mutilation of Boys

I’m glad to say the NSS has been quick in its support of the proposed legislation in Iceland.

NSS says UK should follow Iceland’s lead to end genital cutting

Iceland moves to ban genital mutilation of boys …

Religious zealots complain that their religious freedom is more important  than someone else’s baby’s … In other European countries gods’ Goat Herders squeal persecution … Yet how cruel is it to skin a little boys penis? Does the little boy get any religious freedom? Guardian Article …