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Should Infant Circumcision Be Banned?
A ban on circumcision will lead to more dangerous illegal circumcisions to meet the demand.
In France, when female FGM was made
, it went underground. Parents began sending their children to visit relatives in other countries, during school holidays,
to have the procedure done
. The same may happen to male children should this law be applied to them too.
for circumcision are essential aspects of many faiths. For many religious people, especially
, a ban will not be enough to deter them from circumcising their children.
It would be exceptionally difficult to enforce a ban on circumcision.
In light of effective alternatives to reducing the rate of circumcision, such as
, a ban which creates needless additional harm is unnecessary and unacceptable.
Very religious people may continue to circumcise their children and avoid state services such as schools and hospitals to ensure that they are not found out.
Circumcisions held in homes and religious
places of worship
are already common. Under a ban, more circumcisions would occur in this setting rather than a hospital to the detriment of the circumcised infants' safety.
A penal punishment will disincentivise the practice.
A ban would greatly decrease the popularity of this procedure, especially where it is not religiously motivated – where the parents merely consider it beneficial because someone said so.
The child will eventually be examined by a pediatrician who will notice the child's genitals have been mutilated and will know to notify authorities, thus discouraging circumcision from happening in the first place.
The banning of acts considered immoral should not be avoided simply because it will increase the rate at which it is performed discretely. The point is to discourage the act from being performed in the first place, because the act is inherently bad.
This hasn't been the case in other countries that have limited circumcision or proposed bans. Circumcised males make up the minority of males worldwide and circumcision is becoming
on its own as well.
By this same logic, FGM should not be outlawed either.
By this standard, there should be no laws.
Most people don't like to break the law. Even if a ban is not entirely effective, it would significantly reduce the number of circumcisions overall.
Circumcision in Judaism is not traditionally performed by medical professionals but religious practitioners. It is those same people who would continue performing the surgery regardless of legislation. Therefore, the back-alley argument doesn't apply here.