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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 severe 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.
Parents set on circumcision may wait for the child to be able to consent.
This may be the case but it is not a defeater to the necessity of protecting children. We still ban or discourage speeding even though a number of drivers regularly flout the law and speed.
We could see the overall number of circumcised children decrease dramatically if we treated child circumcision as severely as child female genital mutilation.
By this standard we should have 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.
By this same logic, FGM should not be outlawed either.
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.