• Petitioned The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

This petition was delivered to:

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Remove infant circumcision from the Medicare Benefits Schedule

    1. Darren Dilley
    2. Petition by

      Darren Dilley

      Balmain, Australia

There is almost no medical reason to amputate the foreskin from a baby boy. In countries that respect the bodily integrity of their children it is almost unheard of. But in Australia we cut healthy, functional skin from the genitals of 12% of our baby boys, and the Government funds it through the Medicare Benefits Schedule. While there is a therapeutic requirement to the Medicare item, doctors abuse the system by claiming phimosis (non-retractable foreskin) as the medical condition, when the foreskin is supposed to be non-retractable for babies. The Government either needs to strictly enforce the therapeutic requirement or remove the item completely, as it did for female circumcision many years ago. Our baby boys deserve the same protection.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tim Hammond VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I signed because the more than 900 men who have so far responded to the Global Survey of Circumcision Harm [www.CircumcisionHarm.org] are documenting the long-term adverse physical, sexual and psychological consequences of a circumcision imposed on them at a time when they could not consent, refuse, resist or escape.

    • Jeremy Jackson ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Doctors have been lying to parents about circumcision for years, with modern medicine we can treat nearly all know problems without removing the foreskin.

      The biggest pusher of circumcision in Australia associates with a known pedophile and was part of a group that trades pictures and videos of children being circumcised and erotic circumcision stories involving children to jack off to.

      Please do some research on this issue and who is pushing it, The more you know the more you are against it.

    • Dennis Gouws SPRINGFIELD, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Routine infant circumcision is wrong. A boy has a right to all of his healthy body, and how he experiences it should be his choice--not the choice of a parent, a religious leader, a government, a philanthropist, or a doctor. Boys deserve the dignity of genital integrity.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am a victim of infant genital mutilation. I have been deprived of my whole body and the choice of what to do with it and my voice is routinely silenced and mocked, my anguish and loss is dismissed and ignored. The hurt voices of men are not being hurt and this travesty is being allowed to continue unabated - please enshrine men's right to genital integrity in law: let us decide what to do with our own genitals and stop funding the removal of our normal sexual anatomy along with our basic rights to bodily integrity! Unlike naming a child, choosing a school for a child etc, circumcision is NOT a decision parents need to make. Let the next generation of men control their own bodies!

    • Phillipa Watson HILLMAN, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      this is absolutely disgusting. Please do this quickly - I am pregnant and scared my son's a boy. The reasons are so many, and each reason for it is nothing but lies, be it cleanliness, health, religious (seriously, can't these people read before butchering?) and I am shocked there are people who believe these lies.


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