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Non-therapeutic circumcision of minors: a legal and ethical minefield : Comments

By Robert Darby, published 9/7/2012

Medically unnecessary circumcision of male infants and boys is morally wrong and sufficiently harmful to warrant intervention by the state.

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Completely agree that all necessary medical procedures be made illegal in law! Particularly something as archaic and barbaric as all forms of male or female circumcision, all of which ought to be outlawed or treated with the same severity as rape.
If there is a religious element, then it could be still satisfied and allowed for consenting adults, rather than minors or entirely voiceless infants!
Consenting adults would likely be able to discern a difference in their sex life; and at least have a before and after personal comparison, that will, I'm almost certain, prevent them from also visiting this inherently cruel and barbarous punishment, on their sons and daughters? Rhrosty
Posted by Rhrosty, Monday, 9 July 2012 9:56:26 AM
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Correction; the article ought to read, completely agree all unnecessary medical procedures---. Apologies. Rhrosty.
Posted by Rhrosty, Monday, 9 July 2012 10:01:24 AM
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It is time religion was banned then we could all get on with our lives, to live as we see fit for the betterment of ouselves, not only with mainly religious indoctrinated Circumcision but Voluntary Euthanasia, Stem Cell Research, Gay marriage, religion is an evil curse which we as individuals have to suffer, either as a child or end of life choices, because of the buffoons who want to uphold their religious beliefs and inflict their belief on all of us.
Posted by Ojnab, Monday, 9 July 2012 10:39:36 AM
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The unkindest cut of all might be the authorís shoe-horning the practice of male circumcision into a religious dialogue. It is the pros and cons of health benefits which has had, until recently, the running in regard to this medical practice.
Is male infant circumcision a more-unnecesssary procedure than immunization - probably, but to what degree?
Let the lad decide after he has had sexual experience? - In the doubtful case where, having tried it with that odd appendage, he decides to give conjugal activity a go in its absence - he then finds( improbably - he has a preference for the former - what then?
Posted by colinsett, Monday, 9 July 2012 10:41:56 AM
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This is an excellent article.

Read it together with the one on Men as Monsters.

It's curious how society is horrified by any whiff of violence towards women and children; and rightly so. But silent when it comes to the difficulties or death of men.

eg a ship is lost at sea: we hear "55 people died, and there were 30 women and 5 children".
The men don't matter.

Interesting to see what happens about abuse of young males by priests in the Catholic church. Do people care?

Do people care that we mutilate males without their consent?

People suffer- people are worthy of sympathy and respect. Males and females both.
Posted by Bronte, Monday, 9 July 2012 11:03:32 AM
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What a pile of horse dung.

A medically untrained Imam does a procedure illegally in Germany, botches it, and the conclusion is that the procedure must be the problem. The logical flaws must be obvious to anyone with an IQ above a squirrel. Using this logic, if an unlicensed driver has an accident, then all drivers must be banned?

The procedure if done correctly with the right implements, anesthetic and antibiotic creams, by a professional is quick painless and risk free. The benefits are small but measurable, saving the child future risk from infection and a small risk of cancer. Neither myself or my wife have religious beliefs, but had a urologist do the procedure in 5 minutes, and my son did not even cry. The urologist in question has never had a problem with a circumcision, but has had to do several painful circumcisions in young boys sufferring from infections that could have been prevented.

As far as the emotive / unscientific use of words such as "mutilate", I mutilate my fingers every week as a matter of good grooming.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Monday, 9 July 2012 11:57:56 AM
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