It's very disappointing that the AAP say this:"Parents are
entitled to factually correct, nonbiased information about circumcision"but they provide information that is both biased and highly selective.
They simply don't seem to think that the foreskin might actually be
valuable.It's really easy to find circumcised doctors who are
against circumcision, but surprisingly difficult to find male doctors in favor
who weren't circumcised themselves as children.How strange that
all the health benefits the AAP claim simply don't exist in Europe, where
almost no-one circumcises unless they're Jewish or Muslim.The
AAP is the same organization that changed its policy on female cutting in 2010
btw saying "It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled
pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual [clitoral] nick as a
possible compromise to avoid greater harm."They were forced to retract
this about six weeks later:Dr Diekema, the chair of the committee
said "We're talking about something far less extensive than the removal
of foreskin in a male".I suppose it's a good thing they
didn't look at operating on girls to prevent breast cancer.
It is up to parents to determine whether they choose to have their boys
circumcised. The interest groups on both sides of the debate will continue to
advocate their positions, but it will ultimately be the parents who decide.
I'm Latino and I chose to have my 3 boys circumcised, and I know many other
Latino families who have done so as well. Contrary to the stereotype,
circumcision is not unusual among Latinos in America. Hopefully the new
statement by the Academy of Pediatrics will provide updated information to
parents who wish to learn more.
Hygine can give all the benefits of circumcision. However nothing canmake
up for the loss of sexual pleasure.The desision ought to rest with
the individual. Parents ought not mutilatetheir children's bodies and
doctors ought not help them to do this.
This is a huge step backward for parents and the public, and a huge step forward
for the medical machine that is driven by money.We had seen the
benefits of good information being disseminated - parents were getting smart and
stopping this ridiculous practice - rates have dropped dramatically over the
past 2 decades. It is disheartening to know that the medical
industry really, truly doesn't care about people as their primary
motivator.Every parent should be required to witness a circumcision
before they are allowed to order one for their baby boy. When our first boy was
born, that was all it took for us. We realized it was unnecessary, traumatic,
painful and really not our place to do this to our child. Europe is moving in
the right direction. We are moving in the opposite direction.
America is pretty much the only country in the 1st world that recommends
circumcision for infants. Why is that?