Now, if only the BMA would take similar action... but I fear our British reserve and procrastination over controversial matters like this will prevent them. For now, our status quo is probably considered enough - we don't offer non-therapeutic circumcision under the NHS; but it is still legally available as a paid-for service under private health care, if a willing doctor can be found.
However, if the Netherlands and Denmark , Norway and Sweden all convert their current opposition to unnecessary circumcision into an outright ban... hey, we have a catalyst for reform that could spread even to the USA!
Thank you for posting this Fellowtraveler. I'm aware that my recent
CL - Circumcision Debate
"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance.
The link seems broken. Here is the story:
Dutch doctors' group calls for circumcision banThu May 27, 2010 1:37pm EDT
AMSTERDAM (Reuters Life!) - The Royal Dutch Medical Association on Thursday suggested a possible ban on elective circumcisions for young boys, saying they were medically unnecessary and violated children's rights.
The 161-year-old organization, which represents more than 46,000 doctors and students, called the procedure "a violation of the integrity of the body."
The group, known by its Dutch initials KNMG, proposed a dialogue between doctors and religious groups on the issue.
Most non-therapeutic circumcisions in the Netherlands are performed on religious grounds. In the capital of Amsterdam, parents seeking circumcisions for elective reasons are often referred to a small clinic in a heavily Muslim neighborhood.
"KNMG sees good reasons for a legal ban on non-therapeutic circumcisions, but fears that this will lead to the operation going underground," it said in a statement.
In a column on the KNMG's website, chairman Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman said some 80 percent of the group's members agreed circumcision should be discouraged.
According to a 2007 World Health Organization report, some 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised.
(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz, editing by Paul Casciato)
Second Link: http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE64Q52H20100527
Chris (and all) the Dutch docs put out a full statement:
The link wasn't broken when I accessed it, thankfully.
"According to a 2007 World Health Organization report, some 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised."
And isn't this revealing? That 30% includes all the circumcisions performed for religious reasons AND all those who were 'done' for purely cultural reasons. Subtract the USA's secular cultural total,
"Let's hear it for the Dutch"
Not to mention their progress in the World Cup! ;)
"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant
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