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Fore and Against

Friday, March 1, 2013

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stephen Taylor, Jo Townsend

It's been going on for thousands of years but it's still controversial.

We are talking about male circumcision. Not only is it contentious, it's confusing.

Depending on who you speak to, rates of circumcision in Australia are both rising and falling.

It's either a life or death decision or a complete waste of time.

The only certainty in this debate - it's sure to raise hackles.

Story contacts


Web sites supplied by Professor Brian Morris (for circumcision)

Professor Brian Morris:
Dr Terry Russell – Brisbane Circumcision Practioner:

To read the American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 policy statement on infant male circumcision, click here.

To read the Circumcision Foundation of Australia 2012 policy statement on infant male circumcision, click here.

Circumcision Foundation of Australia:


Web sites supplied by Barrister, Paul Mason (opposed to circumcision)

Child Protection & Information Websites
Circumcision Information Australia:
Genital Autonomy International:
Circumcision Information Resource Pages:
Doctors Opposing Circumcision:

Alternative religious viewpoint websites

Peak medical websites
Royal Dutch Medical Association:
"Policies - Circumcision Position Statement"

Most recent published scientific research February 2013:
Bronselaer. G and others,"Male circumcision decreases penile sensitivity as measured in a large cohort", British Journal of Urology Intl, 2013:1.
To view the research, click here.

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