CIRCUMCISION OF MALE INFANTS RESEARCH PAPER,
Queensland Law Reform Commission, Brisbane.
December 1993.


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10. POSSIBLE REFORMS It may be reasonable to require, either by law or by a professional Code of Practice, medical practitioners to inform parents of all arguments for and against circumcision before, and possibly at least a number of days before, undertaking the procedure. A statutory consent form containing information on arguments for and against circumcision could be drafted. The form should be regularly updated with new information. It might be reasonable to require that all circumcisions be performed by medical practitioners or other experienced and skilled people in circumstances which reduce to a minimum any adverse consequences.136 Notes: 136 For example, access to appropriate resuscitation equipment; knowledge of dangers to local anaesthetics, etc.

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(File prepared 11 June 1998, Revised 15 January 1999)