Human rights, medical ethics

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America: Land of the Mutilated Penis

“If you really think about it, it might be possible to recall the first time somebody explained to you what a male circumcision is. I don’t think we ever get over the shock of that knowledge, and those of us who were put through this torturous act certainly never really heal from it, instead we … Continue reading

Top Norwegian doctor wants circumcision phased out

“Male circumcision could become a thing of the past in Norway. Professor Trond Markestad, head of the Norwegian Medical Association’s (NMA/Den Norske Legeforeningen) ethics committee, would like to see it replaced. “It’s against important medical ethics and is unnecessary. There’s no medical reason for having it done, it’s painful for some days afterwards, and there’s … Continue reading

Atlanta Lawyer Takes on Botched Circumcision Claims Nationwide

“Although the $10.7 million default judgment David J. Llewellyn of Johnson & Ward just scored may be tough to collect, the case is a dramatic statement about the Atlanta attorney’s development of an unusual national practice: suing over botched circumcisions. In the latest case, Llewellyn brought a suit on behalf of a boy and his … Continue reading

The Ethics of Neonatal Circumcision

Blog article about the subject of infant circumcision. An excerpt: “The last couple months have seen a flurry of reports in the media (particularly American media) regarding male circumcision and its potential health benefits. However, most of the coverage in the U.S. of male circumcision fails to discuss what I think is the most important … Continue reading

Reasons Not to Circumcise Your Baby

“Circumcision rates in America are dropping as more parents and doctors learn of the physical consequences of male genital mutilation (MGM). Famously promoted by Dr. Kellogg (of cereal fame) as a masturbation preventive, routine infant circumcision (RIC) is still widely practiced in the USA despite its lack of recommendation by any national medical organization. Circumcision … Continue reading

Male Circumcision in the USA: A Human Rights Primer

From the writing: “Despite the obviously irrational cruelty of circumcision, the profit incentive in American medical practice is unlikely to allow science or human rights principles to interrupt the highly lucrative American circumcision industry. It is now time for European medical associations loudly to condemn the North American medical community for participating in and profiting … Continue reading

Circumcising boys for religious reasons ‘could breach Human Rights Act’

“Dr David Shaw, lecturer in ethics at Glasgow University, argues that circumcising boys for no medical reason is unethical. He wrote in the journal Clinical Ethics that any doctor who does perform circumcision without a medical reason could be guilty of negligence and in breach of the Human Rights Act as the child cannot consent … Continue reading

Safety and Efficacy of Nontherapeutic Male Circumcision: A Systematic Review

Bottom line (emphasis added): “Patients who request circumcision in the belief that it bestows clinical benefits must be made aware of the lack of consensus and robust evidence, as well as the potential medical and psychosocial harms of the procedure. As the efficacy of prophylactic nontherapeutic male circumcision has not been comprehensively studied in neonates, … Continue reading


“In the wake of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) short-lived call to amend the national ban on female genital cutting, Intact America – the largest organization championing all children’s human right to an intact body – published an open letter to an AAP Task Force on Circumcision calling on the medical organization to extend … Continue reading

Circumcision, Ethics, and Medicine

“Like all professions, medicine has its own ethical code and principles of conduct. One rule of conduct is “First, do no harm.” Removing a normal, healthy body part and causing unnecessary pain is doing harm. Some doctors who circumcise acknowledge the associated pain and then dismiss it by saying, “It only lasts for a minute,” … Continue reading