Protect boys from forced circumcision

Girls and women are specifically protected from all forms of non-therapeutic genital cutting, including 'minor' forms, under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. However, no such laws exist protecting boys. This means that all forms of circumcision on non-consenting male babies and children, including those involving far more tissue removal and risk of complications than some prohibited forms of FGM, are effectively legal.

Circumcision is excruciatingly painful. The foreskin is a normal body part with physical, sexual and immunological functions. Removing it from non-consenting children has been associated with various physical and psychological difficulties.

Freedom of religion is a qualified right, which means that limitations on this right can be justified in certain circumstances. The right of the individual to bodily autonomy provides such a justification.

Please write to your MP and urge them to work to ensure the fundamental rights of all children, regardless of their sex, ethnicity or the religion of their parents, are fully protected in law, by working to extend the current laws protecting girls from non-consensual, non-therapeutic genital cutting to boys.

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