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Cut it out: Humanists urge an end to male circumcision at talk in Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 17:15 10 May 2018

File photo dated 25/05/11 of a stethoscope around a person's neck.

File photo dated 25/05/11 of a stethoscope around a person's neck.

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Concerns about the practice of male circumcision are on the agenda at a talk at Wanstead Library on Monday, May 14.

East London Humanists have invited Dr Antony Lempert, chairman of the secular medical forum, to lead a discussion on the non-therapeutic genital cutting of males.

It will be held at the library, in Spratt Hall Road, at 7.30pm.

Dr Lempert has been at the forefront of challenging the practice of male circumcision, arguing that there is ample evidence that it is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

It continues to be practised routinely for religious and cultural purposes, according to the organisers, while female circumcision has been made illegal and is widely considered abhorrent.

He has presented to the British Medical Association (BMA) on this topic and recently persuaded Amazon to stop selling a do-it-yourself circumcision kit on it website.

Entry free and doors open at 7pm for light refreshments.

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