Australian surgeon calls for a snip in funds for circumcision



5/13/97 Deutsche Presse-Agentur 07:45:00

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Copyright (c) 1997, dpa

Tuesday, May 13, 1997

Australian surgeon calls for a snip in funds for circumcision

Sydney (dpa) - A Sydney surgeon Tuesday attacked the use of government
money to pay for circumcisions saying there was no medical need for the

"I don't think people should be able to claim on medical benefits for
a non-medical operation in these times of soaring health costs - it makes
me sick," Barrie Milroy told the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
annual congress.

"If you wanted to do such an experiment on an animal at eight days of
life it would never be passed by an ethics committee - and yet we
mutilate our children."

He reported that circumcision was fast going out of fashion in
Australia, with the rate falling to around 10 per cent of boys from
about 80 per cent in the 1960s.

Copyright (c) 1997, dpa


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