Here you will find all you need to know about Routine Infant Circumcision (RIC) and the male prepuce aka the foreskin.
We stand for one thing and that is to bring an end to RIC. We believe that all sexes have the right to their own body, Female, Male and Intersex; Infants, Children and Adults. We ALL have our OWN rights to bodily integrity and they should be respected by everyone.
At Intact Australia we try to keep things as up-dated as possible and relevant. We will have monthly blogs on all things foreskin and RIC related. As well as information on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Religion, The History of circumcision and much more! If you can’t find the answer to your question please feel free to contact us and we will help you out in every way possible.
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I think it is important to note that we aren’t against medically necessary circumcision, where all other options have been exhausted and we are not against an informed adult who might want it done for himself. We are against Routine Infant Circumcision. That is circumcision done because the parent(s) think it is aesthetically pleasing to their eyes, for bogus ‘preventative medical’ reasons, religious reasons, because dad and other family members are circumcised and doing it just for the hell of doing it.
All our information against RIC can be backed by statements from medical organisations from across the world. Routine infant Circumcision is not recommended by any medical organisation. It is highly disregarded and not encouraged which can be seen in the following quotations-
“The foreskin has a functional role, circumcision is non-therapeutic and the infant is unable to consent. After reviewing the currently available evidence, the RACP believes that the frequency of diseases modifiable by circumcision,[…] and the complication rates of circumcision do not warrant routine infant circumcision in Australia and New Zealand.“ ~ The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2010
“There are no medical reasons to preform circumcision on healthy infants. Circumcision is not a disease treatment or health promotion and is therefore not part of the Finnish health care system.”
~ Finnish Medical Association, 2004
“Non-theraputic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. Circumcision can cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. KNMG is therefore urging a strong policy of deterrence to circumcision.” ~ Royal Dutch Medical Association, 2010
“A physician performing [circumcision] for other than medical reasons on a nonconsenting patient raises ethical concerns.” ~ American Academy of Family Physicians, 2007
“Health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns…”
~ American Academy of Paediatrics, 2012
“There is no medical justification for routine infant circumcision in neonates or children. It should be performed only for established medical reasons and should not be universally recommended. “
~ Indian Journal of Sexuality & Transmitted Disease, 2010
United Kingdom –
“It is now widely accepted, including by the BMA that [Circumcision] has medical and psychological risks. Parental preference alone is not sufficient justification for performing a surgical procedure on a child.” ~ British Medical Association, 2006
“Circumcision performed on a healthy infant is considered a non-therapeutic and medically unnecessary intervention… Circumcision is painful, and puts the patient at risk for complications ranging from minor, as in local infections, to more serious such as injury to the penis, meatal stenosis, urinary retention, urinary tract infection and, rarely, haemorrhage leading to death. Routine Infant Circumcision is not recommended.
The CPS does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn boys. Many Paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions.” ~ Canadian Paediatric Society, 2004
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