U.S. Academy of Pediatrics will endorse circumcision just as Germany bans it

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  • UT Brit London, England
    Aug. 26, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    America is pretty much the only country in the 1st world that recommends circumcision for infants. Why is that?

  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    Aug. 26, 2012 1:25 a.m.

    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.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Hygine can give all the benefits of circumcision. However nothing can
    make up for the loss of sexual pleasure.

    The desision ought to rest with the individual. Parents ought not mutilate
    their children's bodies and doctors ought not help them to do this.

  • Rosanna Los Angeles, CA
    Aug. 25, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    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.

  • ml66uk Manchester, 00
    Aug. 25, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    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.