BMA says non-therapeutic circumcision needs consent of both parentsBMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7393.782/e (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:782
- Debashis Singh
The BMA has published guidelines designed to offer doctors a safeguard and a model of good practice for male circumcision in babies and children.
The guidelines mainly relate to the ethics of non-therapeutic or “ritual” circumcision. This is carried out for religious reasons or to incorporate a child into a community or simply because some fathers express a preference for their sons to be like them.
The guidelines state that it is the responsibility of the parents to demonstrate that a non-therapeutic circumcision is in the child's best interest. To achieve this, the …