‘MY SON KILLED HIMSELF AFTER CIRCUMCISION’

The tragic story of Alex Hardy who tragically took his own life in 2017 as shared via the BBC. It was his wish that others hear of his plight and like others before him it shows that there is a real need for us to acknowledge the difficulties of men who have been misinformed regarding the consequences of some circumcisions.


It quickly became apparent that what had just happened was a catastrophe… I died in 2015, not now.”

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CHANGING PERSPECTIVES: FGM & MALE CIRCUMCISION

One of the often used (although misguided) arguments surrounding the ethics of circumcision is that of the difference between male and female genital cutting. Whilst the more severe (type 3 infibulation) can be considered drastically worse than an atypical male circumcision, the outlawing of any form of ritual piercing, nicking, cutting, scraping or other forms of harm (type 4) shows a stark double standard in the way that we treat these two similar practices.

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THE EVOLVING DEBATE IN THE UK SURROUNDING MALE CIRCUMCISION

With the world wide debate surrounding circumcision becoming more prominent with each passing year it is interesting to consider how each country will react to the practice. This year in the UK the BBC have approached the debate on multiple occasions sharing views from both sides by taking the religious opinions as expressed by the leaders of the Jewish and Islamic faiths whilst simultaneously acknowledging the perspective of some of the men who have been seriously harmed by this (usually unnecessary) practice.

Largely it comes down to a rites versus rights. (SeeChild Rights & Religious Freedoms” by Saxon Norgard).

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CIRCUMCISION & PHIMOSIS STORIES: ‘I’M SCARED OF MY OWN PENIS’

The tragic but brave story of Alex Hardy has given strength to the voices of many men, some of them suffering in silence until now. Caroline Lowbridge presents a BBC article detailing some of the issues and challenges that have presented themselves to those who have been adversely affected by circumcisions.

One man’s son was recommended a circumcision to aggressively treat phimosis. Fortunately the father managed to resolve his own phimosis as a child using a steroid cream and was therefore aware of the treatment.“The consultant said this has almost no chance of working but was prepared to prescribe a steroid and give it a go. About eight weeks later, the problem was resolved.”

Read the rest of the article following this link.

BBC NEWS: “MY PENIS WAS MUTILATED”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-leicestershire-47422275/male-circumcision-my-penis-was-mutilated

Ashley was circumcised at the age of five.

He had the medical procedure due to a tight foreskin but believes it should not have taken place. The 31-year-old from Loughborough, Leicestershire, says it has affected him both physically and psychologically, but he’s trying to help himself by using a technique called foreskin restoration.

You can find the video here on the BBC website.

25% OF BOARD CERTIFIED PEDIATRIC UROLOGISTS TIME SPENT ON “REPAIRING POORLY PERFORMED CIRCUMCISIONS”

Activist, researcher and awareness campaigner Daniel Strandjord revealed some shocking statistics from the United States regarding infant male circumcision. Speaking at the World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy hosted in Cologne in Germany, Daniel quoted the The Chief of Pediatric Urology at the University of Chicago.


“This is how American medical education works. Doctors are not taught anything about foreskin except how to cut it off.”

COMMUNITY PETITION

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.

Male circumcision in infants is an unnecessary, irreversible and unfair procedure to place upon a boy who may in the future disagree with the reasons for which it was done. Religion and parental opinion are not appropriate reasons to remove an essential part of a boys body when they lack the ability to refuse.”

You can find the link to this petition here.

 

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.”

Introduce an outright ban on non-medical circumcision of boys in the UK for anyone under the age of 18.

DEADLINE:
21 September 2019

MALE CIRCUMCISION COULD ARGUABLY BE CALLED BODILY HARM

Richard Duncker appeared on TalkRadio this week and explains the lack of legislative justification for circumcision.

“There is absolutely no legal basis for taking a knife and putting it through the full thickness of anybody’s skin. It doesn’t matter which part of the body it is,”

“We have the Offences Against the Person Act which describes a cut through the full thickness of the skin as a wounding, and it could arguably be called bodily harm.” Mr Duncker said.

Appearing on the John Nicolson show, Mr Duncker said children had a right to grow up with “an intact body”.

Read more  of this article at TalkRadio.

BBC INSIDE OUT: ASHLEY’S STORY

Ashley Humphreys featured with Caroline Lowbridge & Lukwesa Burak. Together they Tackle the issues surrounding circumcision such as consent, physical damage and emotional trauma.

“My choice for myself is that I want a whole and complete body, but I cannot choose that because someone else chose for me a long, long time ago.”


“There are many sufferers around the world and it seems like we’re all being silenced…”

You can find a link to the BBC Stories here.

BMA RELEASES CIRCUMCISION ‘TOOLKIT’

The British Medical Association (BMA) has released a ‘toolkit’ on the non-therapeutic male circumcision of children (NTMC).

You can find it on their website here.

Whilst an interesting read, this document fails to take an ethical position and makes for dismal reading and will possibly leave children vulnerable to more harm.

Of particular concern is the admission that the prevalence of NTMC in the UK is unknown. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) showed in 2016-17 that just under 10,000 males under the age of 18 underwent circumcision on the NHS in England. It is not known however, how many of these operations, if any, were for non-therapeutic reasons as opposed to being carried out to rectify a medical condition.  In addition, the rate of circumcisions carried out privately or by religious practitioners is not recorded.

BMA Toolkit last updated 06th May 2016