German Paediatric Association suggests Ban on Circumcision of Boys


In early December 2012 The German Paediatric Association took a massive leap forward in the defence of children subjected to genital mutilation.

Based on comprehensive studies into amongst others circumcision procedures, pain thresholds in infants and children as well as possible physical and psychological consequences of the procedure the German Paediatric Association (Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärzte e.V.) recommended a ban on circumcision of boys.

Referring to studies by numerous specialists their conclusion was clear; given the possible severity of the consequences for the children both in body and spirit, nothing less than a ban on the procedure would be acceptable until the child had matured enough to endure the procedure in order to prevent possible trauma.

The Association found it necessary to stress that the suggestion was not rooted in neither anti-Semitism or Islamophobia but rather on a concern for the children in question.

Finding it important to appease any religious sensitivities the Association proposed a compromise. A symbolic circumcision ritual consisting of for instance a pin-prick into the foreskin allowing the child to be formally accepted in their religious community until a potential actual circumcision at a more mature age. The symbolic ritual is already being practised in communities in several countries i.e. Israel.

See the original recommendation here German Paediatric Association suggests Ban on Infant Circumcision. Notice the comprehensive list of sources (in English).

German Paediatric Association suggests Ban on Circumcision of Children
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