A S S O C I A T I O N for G E N I T A L I N T E G R I T Y
OF PAEDIATRIC SURGEONS
July 26, 2001
Miss Leela Kapila
British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
Dear Miss Kapila:
I've been doing research on the subject of male circumcision, and would like to ask two questions about the Association's new policy on religious circumcision of male children.1
- Why does the Association believe that religion should be an indication for performing surgical operations on children?
- Medical research has shown that circumcision removes specialized sexual tissue.2,3,4 Does the Association believe it is ethical to remove specialized sexual tissue from a child who has no medical need for surgery and who is incapable of giving informed consent?
Thank you for considering the above issues. I look forward to your response.
D ennis H arrison