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Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 9:07 p.m. MDT

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John C. C.
Payson, UT

Thank you for mentioning hygiene and chastity. As with most health issues, personal responsibility and behavior count more that any medical procedure.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

So we need to pay for peoples contraception, but, we can't cover circumcision? We need to ban sugar and decrease the size of cups that we drink out of, but, we serve french fries as a vegetable to our children. We can't use oil, but, we can burn coal to charge our electrical vehicles? We can't afford to borrow any more money, but, our deficits continue to grow each year? We need to eat more organic which has issues of E-Coli, and blame the farms that prevent E-Coli from happening. We need illegals to work below minimum wage to harvest our crops, but, unwilling to give a living wage one of our 15% unemployed citizens. We had goals of colonizing the moon, now we are just studying asteroids. War is not the answer, then what is the answer when someone wants to kill you and has no interest in peace? Everyone should have a college degree and have high paying jobs, yet, no society has existed where everyone has a high paying job (I guess that is where illegals come in).

Nan BW
ELder, CO

As a parent, grandparent, teacher, and someone who does free-lance jobs in the health field, I've not known of any boys who have had problems from not being circumcised. Why would any kind of medical procedure need to be routine? If boys are taught proper hygiene and avoid medically adverse behavior, that is far better than relying on a painful and sometimes damaging procedure.

ml66uk
Manchester, 00

More misinformation by people trying to defend cutting parts off babies' genitals. Despite almost no-one in Europe except for Jewish and Muslim families circumcising, Europe has *lower* rates of HIV.

Even in Africa (from a USAID report):
"There appears no clear pattern of association between male circumcision and HIV prevalence—in 8 of 18 countries with data, HIV prevalence is lower among circumcised men, while in the remaining 10 countries it is higher."

It is unclear if circumcised men are more likely to infect women. The only ever randomized controlled trial into male-to-female transmission showed a 54% higher rate in the group where the men had been circumcised.

Women have "skin folds" too, but we don't cut parts off baby girls. Think how much money we could save by removing their breast buds too (breast cancer affects about 12% of women, and kills about 3%).

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Nan BW ELder, CO
"If boys are taught proper hygiene and avoid medically adverse behavior ...."

That's a big "if". How many men do you see coming out of a public restroom without washing their hands?

As long as mothers have the right to terminate the lives of their unborn viable sons they should have the right to have them circumcised.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Good point Rifleman:

Taxpayer money is given to women that choose to have sex and then choose to kill the unborn child, even when it doesn't threaten her life, health and the child is perfectly healthy.

Then why not use insurance money for this simple procedure?

If we can fund handing out condoms at high school dances.....

There's alot of things that we fund that doesn't make sense. If this is on the decline, then it will just become cheaper for insurance companies to have it done.

freedomforthepeople
Sandy, UT

Information has served us well - the huge drop in circumcision in this country is a direct result of the internet and mothers and fathers becoming well educated.

If the "sky is falling" results of increased disease were going to happen, it would already be manifesting as the rates dropped dramatically as early as 1999, and urinary tract infections would be happening now in higher rates among uncircumcised - yet that is not supported in the research.

We need only to look to Europe and places with low-rates of circumcision to see that we are not in for an epidemic of disease.

There is always an agenda of those promoting it - either religious or monetary. Never what is best for the boy.

I am encouraged by this trend and am grateful that education = enlightenment, at least in this case!

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Circumcision is no skin of my nose.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Circumcision is not being banned. Some insurance companies (i.e. Obamacare) are refusing to pay for it. So what? Talk to your doctor. Negotiate a fee and pay for it. It's not the end of the world.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Cost vs procedure arugment is punitive and wrongfully applied. The only reason cost will escalate is the losses hospitals will lose int the millions be transferee to other procedures. The financial impact is only something a "bean counter" or "economist" would be concerned about and that make his argument irrelevant to the reason for the procedure.

As for the circumcision, it should be left for the parents according to their religious beliefs or medical beliefs. There are health benefits to circumcision and I believe in the procedure. Especially after seeing what many men and I assume women do not do after rest room servicing. I'd say 90% of men never wash their hands and I won't eat peanuts or pretzels from a community dish on a bar counter or restaurant because of it.

It is not a choice a grown man would want to make or have done so as an infant is favorable and the least disruptive to a boys life. If women could do a similar procedure to rid their lives of yeast infections I'm sure they would choose the procedure. Move to Iran?

Karl Hegbloom
Salt Lake City, UT

I have a tendency to believe the statements made by Doctors Opposing Circumcision, which you may easily find by searching for them with your favorite Internet search engine. They have some very decent anatomy lessons, as well as a Genital Integrity Policy Statement. Most recently, they have issued a response to the AAP's 2012 policy statment. Everyone should read it. The "AAP" may be American, but they are certainly not an "Academy". Caveat Emptor.

Karl Hegbloom
Salt Lake City, UT

PS: Also well worth reading is the response to the AAP made by Intact America. They also, are easy to find using your favorite Internet search service... assuming it has not been censored from view in your State, City, Neighborhood, or on-line login classification group...

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