Supporting Vancouver Island families to make healthy, safe choices based on scientific evidence
Victoria, BC doctors who perform circumcisions on infants without medical indication may believe their care to be professional and even acceptable from a medical ethics perspective. We encourage all doctors in Victoria, BC to carefully consider the guidance from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, which states clearly:
Parental preference alone does not justify a non‐therapeutic procedure. This procedure should be delayed to a later date when the child can make his own informed decision.
Circumcising doctors in Victoria, BC should ask themselves what their motivation is when they ignore the above direction from their regulating body. To be sure, the circumcision industry is lucrative and some doctors make millions of dollars from circumcising infants without medical indication. Does money matter more than human beings? Does this practice align itself with the oath that physicians swear to? Who is the patient that deserves your compassionate care, the parents or the infant?
Do Victoria, BC doctors who perform non-therapeutic infant circumcision know they can be held accountable by law for their part in violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Are they aware of the professional and personal risks they are taking each time they cut a healthy, functional part of an unconsenting infant’s genitals away? Do they sleep well at night knowing that they are permanently disfiguring and altering an innocent person’s body with no medical need?
Serious questions for Victoria, BC doctors who perform infant circumcision. Parents should feel empowered to ask these questions and ensure that their child’s fundamental rights are being respected.