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End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in The UK
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End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in The UK

    1. Glen Poole
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      Glen Poole

      Brighton, United Kingdom

When a baby boy bleeds to death in Oldham as the result of an Unnecessary Male Circumcision it is time to think again............

Male Circumcision is a risky, abusive and unnecessary practice that affects 1 billion men and boys worldwide.

There isn’t a single medical association in the world that recommends the practice and yet half a million boys in the UK will be subjected to Unnecessary Male Circumcision before their 16th birthday.

The painful and unnecessary removal of a boy’s foreskin is an abuse of a child’s basic human right to be protected from damaging, dangerous and deadly practices.

Many babies and boys in the UK are circumcised without appropriate anaesthetic by non-medical staff in community settings such as homes, restaurants and places of worship.

One study of circumcisions performed in a community setting in Oxford found that 45% of boys suffered from complications.

As well as the considerable short-term risks, Male Circumcision can also cause unnecessary medical, psychological and sexual problems over the longer term.

In the most extreme cases male circumcision kills, as in the case of an Oldham baby who bled to death in 2010. The woman who carried out the procedure will go on trial for manslaughter later this year.

An estimated 500 boys are being subjected to Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK every week for religious, cultural, social or ‘medical’ reasons.

However, international research shows that the number of boys with rare medical conditions that may benefit from circumcision is less than 1% - and some surgeons say circumcision is always avoidable.

Over the years advocates of Unnecessary Male Circumcision have claimed that it can prevent everything from asthma and alcoholism to prostate cancer and AIDS.

All the reported health benefits have either been disproven, contradicted or considered too insignificant to justify the agreed risks and complications which include bleeding, infections, meatus stenosis (narrowing of the urethra) and panic attacks.

The British Medical Association, for example, stated in 2003 that “the medical benefits previously claimed have not been convincingly proven” and “that the evidence concerning health benefits from non-therapeutic circumcision is insufficient for this alone to be a justification for doing it".

There is a general trend in the UK to reduce the number of ‘medical’ circumcisions performed on boys as it is recognized that many conditions can be treated without surgery and research has shown that as many as 91% of ‘medical’ circumcisions performed in the UK could be medically unnecessary.

Ritual Male Circumcision is different and in many cases worse than some Female Circumcision practices - such as nicking the clitoral hood - that are outlawed in the UK and other countries.

There is growing concern amongst campaigners that the unequal legal protection from unnecessary genital surgery given to girls and boys could jeopardize the UK drive to protect the 100,000 women and girls who are thought to be at risk from Female Genital Mutilation in all its forms, some of which are more severe than Unnecessary Male Circumcision.

We would like to see the Government take immediate action on behalf of the 500,000 boys in the UK who are affected by or at risk of Unnecessary Male Circumcision:

To set up a national register of all male circumcisions performed in public, private and community settings to assess and monitor the scale of the problem

To take action to reduce the number of ‘medical’ circumcisions that are performed unnecessarily on boys who could have their condition treated without surgery

To begin work towards giving boys the same legal rights and strategic support that girls are currently given to protect them from unnecessary genital cutting and mutilation

For more information visit: http://endmalecircumcision.blogspot.co.uk/

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Thanks for helping to End Male Circumcision.........

      Glen Poole
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for giving you support to the Campaign To End Unnecessary Male Circumcision by signing our online petition. We’re delighted that we’re about to reach 1,000 signatures

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      If you want to make a bigger commitment then why not buy a ticket today for our How To Prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision mini-conference in Keel on Thursday 25th July

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      Thanks once again for supporting the Campaign To End Unnecessary Male Circumcision, your support is making a difference.

      Glen Poole

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Philippa Broadhurst SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I do not believe that anyone has the right to forcibly remove a body part of someone else unnecessarily (i.e. for no life threatening or medical reason) when that person cannot say no or yes ... regardless of age or gender.

    • Claire Bradford NOTTS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Everyone has the right to genital integrity!

      • almost 2 years ago

      I love my foreskin It's a part of me, I feel sad for Boys and Men who had never experienced the pleasure of a foreskin, give Boys the same legal right to be left alone and intact.

      • almost 2 years ago

      it is not necessary to mutilate baby boys

    • Maria Williams BEDDAU, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have a son and would never consider circumcision unless for medical reasons, your religion is 'your' religion and not that of a child to young to understand. Stop mutilation of children.


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