Tuesday, 24 July 2012

End Male Circumcision Blog On Russian Radio

Our Campaign to End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK has featured on Russian Radio as part of a 30 minute debate including:

Glen Poole of The End Unnecessary Male Circumcision blog, Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum, Rabbi Josh Levi and Professor David Katz

Friday, 20 July 2012

UK Circumcision Campaigners March On German Embassy

An invitation from Richard Duncker  at Men Do Complain

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please come and support the delivery of a letter supporting the Cologne ruling on male circumcision to the German Embassy at 23 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PZ at 15:00 on Saturday afternoon leaving time to get there and get home.

Please no independent banners etc. The current climate needs to be respected. There will be some t-shirts and A3 cards hold. Also of course copies of the letter. I know time is tight, short notice but if you can lend your support it would be great to see you.

Meet at Hyde Park tube at 14:30 then walk to the Embassy for 15:00.



Saturday, 14 July 2012

When Circumcision Goes Wrong In The UK

When baby boys are bleeding to death in our communities as the result of being subjected to a medically unnecessary surgery its time to take action. Here are just some of the reasons why doing nothing is no longer an option (click on the links for more information):

When baby boys are being injured and killed by a medically unnecessary practice it's time to take action - please click here to sign our online petition and help us End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK.

Birmingham NHS Bosses Stay Silent As Botched Circumcisions Put 100 Boys In A&E

Two boys a week are being admitted to the Emergency Department in Birmingham Children’s Hospital and one boy a month comes close to death as a result of male circumcision.

The startling information was uncovered by a Freedom Of Information request which also revealed that Hospital bosses are remaining silent on the issue.

Rob Checketts, Director of Communications at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has confirmed that the hospital conducted an audit of 105 boys admitted to the Emergency Department with circumcision related complications in 2009. He said the audit has been sent to commissioners at Birmingham & Solihull NHS Cluster but that the commissioners had not replied.

He said the audit was produced because the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Emergency Department wanted to investigate if the appropriate aftercare was being provided to the high volume of boys being admitted with circumcision-related complications. 

Mr Checketts also confirmed that in 2011, 11 baby boys aged 0-1 years old were admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit with life-threatening complications directly caused by circumcision.

The circumcision complications they were treated for included life threatening haemorrhage, shock and sepsis (which is the body’s immune system overacting to an infection)

Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum said:

“There are practically no therapeutic indications for circumcision in this age group so these 11 boys nearly died for an operation they didn't need. This is clearly the tip of the iceberg.

“We don't yet know whether or not the circumcisions were performed in hospital or in the community but we do know that Birmingham primary care trust has commissioned a circumcision service so it is likely that a significant proportion of these were done on the NHS.”

Friday, 13 July 2012

Circumcision Campaign on BBC Men's Hour

The Campaign to End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK will be featured live on BBC Men's Hour this Sunday evening.

Spokesman for the campaign, Glen Poole, will be a studio guest alongside a spokeswoman for the Jewish Community, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

The programme will be broadcast at 9pm this Sunday (July 16th) on BBC Radio 5. Click here for more programme information.

End Male Circumcision campaign on BBC World Service

Our Campaign to End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK was featured on the 'World Have Your Say' discussion show on the BBC World Service on Thursday 12th June.

The programme can be heard for a limited time via podcast - click here to listen now to the 23 minute podcast.

There is also a longer edition of the programme featuring three leading female campaigners against unnecessary male circumcision including Dr Jenny Goodman - a Jewish mother opposed to the practice; Georganne Chapin of Intact America and Marilyn Milos, founder of NOCIRC in the US.

You can hear the longer version of the programme, also for a limited time, by clicking here now.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

New York Times debates banning circumcision

The New York Times is running a debate on circumcision after a court in Cologne, Germany, ruled that parents can not have boys circumcised unless there is an urgent medical need.

It asks in particular if other jurisdictions follow this example, with laws to delay the procedure until boys can decide for themselves and give informed consent.

Holm Putzke a German law professor argues in one article that "all human beings should be able to make their own decisions about whether their genitals are to be injured, all the more so if such a procedure is irreversible and not medically necessary".

 In another article John V. Geisheker, executive director of Doctors Opposing Circumcision, makes the following point:

"All varieties of nontherapeutic, unnecessary, religious, ritual or cosmetic genital cutting imposed on children, regardless of motive, are legally indistinguishable. Each poses inarguable physical injury and psychological harm for the child. Moreover, the child, with rights to religious choice of his or her own, and an ethical right to an “open future,” has not yet expressed any personal religious beliefs or preferences whatsoever."

To read the full debate in the New York Times click here now

Monday, 2 July 2012

UK Male Circumcision Blog In Daily Mail

Just two months after launching this blog, the Campaign To End Unnecssary Male Circumcision in the UK has been mentioned in the Daily Mail.

In a report on the recent German court ruling that circumcision is illegal, the Mail quoted our article on the ruling stating:

Glen Poole, who runs the End Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK said; 'The news is a huge victory for ‘intactavists’ worldwide. A massive resistance to the practice is taking shape.' 

Click here now to read to full article or cick to sign our petition online today