Our thanks to HEqual and others for pointing out that the BBC has responded promptly to complaints about its error concerning the legality of MGM. However, in typical BBC fashion, rather than publishing the truth, it has replaced the error with a misleading point. Hequal has pointed us to the News Sniffer record, showing this amendment:
According to the British Medical Association, male circumcision in the UK is generally assumed to be lawful provided there is valid consent.
Since when is the BMA a legal authority? And while it’s true that ‘male circumcision in the UK is generally assumed… valid consent’, that general assumption is manifestly and demonstrably WRONG.
The BBC article now has a link to the BMA website section Law and ethics of male circumcision which starts off encouragingly:
Circumcising male babies and children at a parent’s request is an increasingly controversial area and there are strongly opposing views about circumcision in society and within the BMA membership.
The BMA Ethics Committee is reviewing its position in this area, and is expected to produce revised guidelines next year.
Our thanks to the people who took the trouble to contact the BBC.
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