Amazon Pulls DIY Circumcision 'Training' Kit

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A circumcision training kit feared to encourage potentially deadly DIY surgery has been removed from Amazon. The kit includes a model of a young boy's genitals, with a dark or light-skinned dummy available, to perform a mock circumcision with a selection of scalpels. Amazon's circumcision kit, which was listed with a price of between £365 and £456, was listed by ESP, a third-party seller. The online retail giant removed the item after the National Secular Society (NSS) wrote to UK manager Douglas Gurr claiming it could encourage people with no medical qualifications to carry out potential life-threatenings procedures at home. Dr Antony Lempert, chairman of the NSS's secular medical forum, said: 'We fear that the sale of this product may encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery on infants in non-clinical conditions, resulting in serious harm.' Circumcision is the term for the removal of part of the foreskin from the penis. It is often performed on children due to religious reasons, though there are also medical motivations too. The product has been removed from Amazon's UK site and cannot be shipped to the UK, though it remains available in the US. The procedure is commonly carried out in faiths such as Judaism, in which it is believed to represent a covenant with God. Dr Lempert said in his letter: 'Non-therapeutic circumcision is unethical and unnecessary and is putting infant boys at risk of death and serious injury. 'This practice could be encouraged by the morally negligent sale of infant circumcision training kits to the public.' Although the British Medical Association (BMA) has 'no policy' on non-therapeutic, or ritual, circumcision, it does recognise the 'clear risk of harm if the procedure is done inexpertly'. It says: 'As a general rule, however, the BMA believes that parents should be entitled to make choices about how best to promote their children's interests, and it is for society to decide what limits should be imposed on parental choices.'


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