Mr Mason said a critical issue for any non-therapeutic circumcision is whether parental consent is sufficient to protect a surgeon from legal action if the child's genital autonomy is thought to have been infringed.
"The only thing that protects a doctor from an action for assault or a civil prosecution is the valid consent of the patient," he said.
"The law is getting pretty hazy about whether a parent can give a valid consent for a child's non-medical procedure."
Mr Mason said about 90 per cent of Australian male babies were circumcised in the 1970s, dropping to about two per cent these days.
Its infrequency nowadays only heightens the chance of a circumcised boy feeling aggrieved as an adult that his rights were ignored as a child, he said.
But High Court rulings and
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