From the Sydney Morning Herald of 3rd June, this report by Andrew Darby:
Once routine, now often thought unkind, the cut may also be illegal. Parental consent might not be enough to protect the circumcisers of baby boys from later legal action.
In a rare legal analysis of the medical procedure, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute found that criminal and civil law lacked certainty, and may abuse the rights of a child. …
Quoting the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute’s paper Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision, Darby reports:
The institute’s paper, “Non-Therapeutic Male Circumcision”, found that the consequences of an ill-advised procedure could be particularly grave.
“Even if a court considers the physical loss following circumcision negligible, the social and psychological effects of a wrong decision can be devastating.”
The institute said in law the operation might be considered an assault or a wounding, though there was little legal guidance on whether a routine circumcision was injurious.
“There is uncertainty as to whether the consent of a parent for the circumcision of their child is sufficient to allow a circumciser to legally perform the procedure,” it said.
OII Australia wishes to see ‘normalising’ genital surgery and hormone treatment of intersex newborns without their consent declared a criminal act. It, too, abuses the rights of the child, is for cosmetic purposes. We regard it as non-therapeutic.