Copy: Non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors (2010)

The official viewpoint of KNMG and other related medical/scientific organisations is that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision can cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. KNMG is therefore urging a strong policy of deterrence. KNMG is calling upon doctors to actively and insistently inform parents who are considering the procedure of the absence of medical benefits and the danger of complications.


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Non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors
Circumcision of male minors is a centuries-old practice. It is part of many different cultures and is carried out for many different reasons. An estimated 13 million boys are circumcised every year worldwide, and in the Netherlands, the annual figure is estimated at ten to fifteen thousand.
Until a few years ago, the attitude towards circumcision was fairly permissive, and circumcision was legitimised by appealing to freedom of religion and supposed medical benefits. In recent years, the attitude towards circumcision appears to have been changing. This is probably partly the result of the debate about female genital mutilation (FGM). With the global condemnation of this practice, including in its non-mutilating, symbolic form, the question regularly arises why circumcision should be judged differently than FGM. These days, more critical articles are being published about circumcision.1 These articles point to the rights of children, the absence of medi- cal benefits and the fact that this is a mutilating intervention that regularly leads to complications and can cause medical and psychological problems, both at a young and a later age.



below is a link to pictures of a circumcision…. Look at it and realize this torture is happening to a child


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