Poll: Are Pediatricians Right to Back Circumcision for Babies?

Opponents including San Diego-based group call the procedure male genital mutilation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has revived one of the biggest debates in health—whether infant boys should be circumcised. The leading group of baby doctors, revising earlier stances, now says the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks and that families who choose to circumcise their baby boys should be able to. That will upset San Diego’s Matthew Hess, who labels the procedure male genital mutilation and has a website urging laws be passed against it. (His Foreskin Man comic books have been labeled anti-Semitic, however.) Dr. George Kaplan of San Diego once was quoted as saying, “I don’t know any other procedure that generates as much literature, fury and passion.” What’s your stand?

Sarah Riccitelli August 29, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Thank you Jay & Catryna!:)
Rebecca Fine August 29, 2012 at 10:49 AM
One can't generalize to all, since there is never total agreement on everything, but I would agree that MOST women prefer circumcised men.
Catryna White August 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
MOST women prefer circumcised men? I can understand that statement and it's probably true, in this country, because most adult males are circumcised. I think that probably most women don't know any better, because that's all they know. For those women who know the difference, believe me.....there is a difference.
Ron Selkovitch August 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I must disagree Jay: If you review the historical reasons for circumcision, they were for religious or other reasons, but never for medical reasons. In the 21st century when we have the benefit of so much medical knowledge its just irresponsible to justify mutilating our children just because we did it before. And is female circumcision not an issue for government intervention.
Jay Berman August 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Ron - it is NONE of anyones business - especially the governments what a parent decides to do regarding circumcission ... my people have been doing it for 5000 + years - I saw my son have a ritual circumcision ... it wasn't brutal whatsoever .. I can see it now, the government mandating no more circumcissions .. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/us/05circumcision.html but its OK to suck a living fetus with a beating heart out of the womb .. pretty fkd up ..


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