This is copied from the Facebook page of Circumcision Resources Circoncision Monttreal
This is a link to the Facebook Event that is posted along with this announcement – https://www.facebook.com/events/485142848248298/
I sent emails to Dr. Carr (who is away until Sept 3rd as per the automated response I received) and to his assistant. Both emails addresses are available below.
“It has come to our attention that the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) is allowing private citizens to advertise forced non-therapeutic genital cutting within VIHA facilities. The Canadian Paediatric Society, College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia, and the Registered Nurses of British Columbia do NOT recommend this practice.
The individuals who are behind this unlawful behaviour are Stefanie Green and Neill Pollock, leaving brochures and other promotional items in various areas of Victoria General Hospital. These advertisements do not state that forced non-therapeutic genital cutting is not medically recommended, nor do they state that this practice is in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international human rights laws.
We encourage anyone who shares concerns about this issue to email your thoughts to the CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Dr. Brendan Carr. You may want to remind Dr. Carr of the following quote in your email:
“Current understanding of the benefits, risks and potential harm of this procedure, however, no longer supports this practice for prophylactic health benefit. Routine infant male circumcision performed on a healthy infant is now considered a non‐therapeutic and medically unnecessary intervention. Parental preference alone does not justify a non‐therapeutic procedure.
Circumcision is painful, and puts the patient at risk for complications ranging from minor, as in mild local infections, to more serious such as injury to the penis, meatal stenosis, urinary retention, urinary tract infection and, rarely, even haemorrhage leading to death.
Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an infant has rights that include security of person, life, freedom and bodily integrity. Routine infant male circumcision is an unnecessary and irreversible procedure.
This procedure should be delayed to a later date when the child can make his own informed decision.”
- College of Physicians and Surgeons – British Columbia, September 2009
To contact Dr. Carr via email:
Contact Dr. Carr’s assistant Maia Garland via telephone/email: