Australian Group Recommends Law Reform On Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision
In the Australian state of Tasmania, the Tasmania Law Reform Institute has recently released a 101-page report on Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision. The report was prepared in response to a request from Tasmania's former Commissioner for Children (who opposed performing non-therapeutic procedures on minors) for clarification of the law on circumcision of male children and recommendations for law reform. The Institute has come forward with 14 recommendations including:
- A general ban on circumcision of incapable minors, but with exceptions for "well-established religious or ethnicity motivated circumcision."
- A requirement of joint parental authorization for a minor to be circumcised, with judicial determination in cases of parental disagreement.
- Minimum standards and required disclosures for circumcisers.
- Enactment of a new Circumcision Act that allows suits by individuals harmed by circumcision to be brought after a person reaches the age of majority.
ABC News reports on developments.