Scottish Parliament to end the barbaric practice of non medical male circumcision (MGM)

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The mutilation of male genitals has no place in a modern society, Scotland rightly and proudly stands firm against the mutilation of female genitals yet there are no protections in place for innocent baby boys who are forced to endure the obvious horrific pain of this assault without anaesthesia. Anyone who has witnessed this happening will be haunted by the chilling screams of baby boys who scream so much they run out of breath.

Male Genital Mutilation

A cross party group of MPs in Iceland have recently announced that they have proposed a bill to outlaw this practice and we the undersigned firmly believe it is right that Scotland too should take steps to outlaw this archaic and brutal practice.

In 2005 the Scottish Government took strong action with the passing of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 which makes it illegal for anyone to mutilate the genitals of women and girls whether here in Scotland or abroad. This is a progressive and just law which outlines clearly that Scotland will not tolerate the mutilation of female genitals. Unfortunately however there has been no equal protection for boys, this is deeply disappointing given medical consensus that male circumcision provides no medical benefits.
Within the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 the following is stated:

"It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children.

The practice also violates a person's rights to:

  • health, security and physical integrity
  • be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • life (when the procedure results in death)

FGM has no health benefits. It harms girls and women because it interferes with the natural functions of their bodies."

This is undeniably true for boys and therefore equality of protection for boys must be enacted.

We the undersigned call upon the Scottish Government, the First Minister, the Leaders of each political party and all MSPs to follow the lead of Iceland and stand against the barbaric mutilation of baby boys and ban non medical male genital mutilation commonly know as male circumcision.

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