The Director of the Secular Medical Forum has called on the British Medical Association to debate the banning of Unnecessary Male Circumcision at its annual meeting [24-28 June] after the recent tragic case of a baby bleeding to death in London.

News of 28-day-old Angelo Ofori-Mintahs's death came in the same week that The British Association for Community Child Health reported in it's quarterly newsletter that a baby boy's skull was fractured during a ritual circumcision performed on a kitchen table in Bristol.

These were just the latest in string of deaths and injuries and have led to Dr Antony Lempert to lead the call for laws that protect girls from unnecessary genital cutting to be extended to protect boys. 

In a motion submitted via the Shropshire division of the BMA, Dr Lempert "insists on equality between GMC policies for doctors concerning females and males in respect of non-therapeutic genital surgery and calls for no further commissioning or funding of non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors in the NHS".

Other cases that have helped push the issue up the agenda include the case of a Salford midwife who will be tried for manslaughter later this year after a boy she circumcised bled to death and a report in The Journal of Public Health that found that nearly 1 in 2 Muslim boys circumcised in an Islamic school in Oxford ended up with medical complications.

The Campaign To End Unnecessary Male Circumcision estimates that more than half a million boys living in the UK will be subjected to medically unnecessary circumcision before their 16th birthday.

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Posted 26/06/2012 by