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Guidelines and Policies

Circumcision: a parents’ guide to routine circumcision of male infants and boys Cth
Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Currently being revised.
Provides guidance to parents about the pros and cons of circumcision. RACP has concluded there is no medical reason for performing routine circumcision.

Policy Statement on Circumcision Cth
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
After extensive review of the literature the RACP reaffirms that there is no medical indication for routine neonatal circumcision.

Routine Circumcision of Normal Male Infants – Policy NSW
NSW Health
Routine circumcision of infant males should not be performed in public hospitals in NSW. Accurate information on the risks and benefits of circumcision must be given to parents and, if undertaken, a competent operator should undertake the procedure.


Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) s45 NSW
Prohibits the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

Toolkits and Protocols

American Academy of Pediatrics
Circumcision Policy Statement

British Medical Association
Law and ethics of male circumcision

Ethics & Health Law News

Circumcision: Position Paper on Neonatal Circumcision
American Academy of Family Physicians

Female Genital Mutilation Cth
Australian Medical Association
AMA Position Paper on Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – Position Statement Australia
Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Female Genital Mutilation – caring for patients and child protection UK
British Medical Association
Guidance from the Ethics Department on Female Genital Mutilation

Medical Ethics and the Circumcision of Children
Doctors Opposing Circumcision

Medical Ethics, Human Rights and Law
Circumcision in Australia

The law and ethics of male circumcision: guidance for doctors UK
British Medical Association, June 2006
Accordingly, this guidance addresses the queries medical practitioners raise with the BMA about both therapeutic and non-therapeutic male circumcision.

Papers, Reports and Books

After Cologne: male circumcision and the law. Parental right, religious liberty or criminal assault?
Reinhard Merkel, Holm Putzke,
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

Ancient rites and new laws: how should we regulate religious circumcision of minors?
Dena S Davis
J Med Ethics  (22 May 2013)

Circumcision of male infants as a human rights violation
J Steven Svoboda
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

Circumcision, sexual dysfunction and the child’s best interests: why the anatomical details matter
David P Lang
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

Infant circumcision: the last stand for the dead dogma of parental (sovereignal) rights
Robert S Van Howe
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

Religious circumcision, invasive rites, neutrality and equality: bearing the burdens and consequences of belief
Matthew Thomas Johnson
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

The child’s interests and the case for the permissibility of male infant circumcision
Joseph Mazor
J Med Ethics (22 May 2013)

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