“Serious weaknesses” in medical guidance on circumcision – UK

BMA guidance ‘inconsistent and confusing’

Dr Antony Lempert, chair of the National Secular Society’s Secular Medical Forum and one of the report’s authors, said:

“Childhood ritual male circumcision is an anomaly. There is no other case where the law and medical guidance would countenance such an invasive, painful and often unsafe procedure on a non-consenting minor.

“Instead of circumventing good medical practice so as not to offend religious sensibilities, ethical and legal consistency would strengthen arguments against all ritual genital cutting practices. Ultimately, this would protect boys and girls since advocates of female genital cutting are increasingly emboldened by inconsistent guidance permissive of ritual male cutting.”

Source: Experts: “Serious weaknesses” in medical guidance on circumcision – National Secular Society

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