Attorneys for the Rights of the Child prepared and submitted for filing on December 15, 2020 an amicus curiae brief (a “friend of the court” brief) in the lawsuit filed in July 2020 in Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County on behalf of taxpayers who want Massachusetts Medicaid (“MassHealth”) to stop paying for infant circumcisions.
The ARC brief outlines the sound basis in the law for the litigation, including:
1) ethical and legal reasons why neonatal circumcision violates physicians’ ethical obligations;
2) neonatal circumcision is not medically necessary and does not conform with professional standards of health care;
3) an overview of the many harms caused by the procedure; and
4) ending Medicaid coverage of neonatal circumcision is in the public interest.