The BMA has (predictably) missed a golden opportunity to improve its appalling guidance for doctors on MGM. The NSS published Doctors’ body: consider parents’ religion on infant genital cutting three days ago. The end of the piece:
The (BMA) guidance comes as the government is expected to bring a bill to strengthen protections against female genital mutilation (FGM) before the House of Commons. A private members’ bill on FGM was blocked from immediate passage by the Conservative MP Christopher Chope earlier this month.
In a debate on the topic shortly afterwards Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen asked minister Lucy Frazer to “update the house on the government’s policy on male genital mutilation”. [J4MB emphasis] Frazer’s reply did not address the topic of cutting boys’ genitals.
Bridgen’s colleague Matthew Offord later remarked that there was “no moral equivalence” between cutting boys’ and girls’ genitals. [J4MB emphasis]
The NSS also published three days ago an excellent opinion piece by Dr Antony Lempert – The BMA’s genital cutting guidance is a disturbing departure from evidence-based, patient-centred policy making.
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