Interesting. I’ve already been contacted by two journalists for my thoughts on this case, and I shall be commenting on it on a BBC radio programme in about an hour’s time. We’ll post that onto our YouTube library as soon as we can.
A disappointment is that Mrs Justice Roberts didn’t point to the procedure being illegal for male minors, without therapeutic justification. From the article:
She added: “Taking all these matters into account, my conclusion is that it would be better for the children that the court make no order at this stage in relation to circumcision.
“I am simply deferring that decision to the point where each of the boys themselves will make their individual choices once they have the maturity and insight to appreciate the consequences and longer term effects of the decisions which they reach.
“Part of that consideration will be any increase in the risks of surgery by the time they have reached puberty. I do not regard the delay between now and that point in time significantly to increase those risks. The safest point in time to have carried out the procedure has long since passed.”
The boys will surely come under pressure from their father and others to have the procedure carried out. Will they be properly informed of ‘the consequences and longer term effect of the decisions which they reach’? I very much doubt it.