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Petitioning BC Human Rights Tribunal

Ban non-therapeutic infant circumcision

Infants born male or intersex in Canada are not protected from circumcision (genital mutilation) as females are.

There is a growing recognition of female genital mutilation (FGM) as a violation of human rights. Immigrant and refugee movements, governments and advocacy organizations in Canada have acknowledged the need to deal with FGM as an internationally recognized health and human rights concern.

Male infant circumcision is in direct violation of human rights. It is also against the Hippocratic Oath; which states: "Do no harm." Circumcision is harmful to infants and the men that they will become. A circumcision itself takes 1/3 to 1/2 of the male shaft skin on the penis. It also takes over 2000 fine touch nerve sensors, the gentle gliding mechanism that is offered by the foreskin, and the protection of the foreskin itself. It causes unnecessary pain to the infant and the anesthesia does not block all the pain that an infant feels.

It's time for all sexes to be protected from the pain inflicted on them by this unnecessary, harmful and unethical practice.

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