Circumcision Decision-Maker

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Circumcision Not Recommended: There is no medical or legal requirement to circumcise infant boys. No American medical association recommends infant circumcision, and some recommend against it. If you have other reasons for considering circumcision, go back to the beginning and investigate them … (full text Decide).

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About Circumcision and Infant Etics: Our expert panel’s consensus, after an extensive review of the literature, is that the only possible justification for circumcision is to treat boys or men with penile diseases or disorders—never as a preventive measure.  

It is our learned opinion that the foreskin is a vital, functional part of the male genital anatomy, and that it is not a birth defect. Therefore, if there is not an absolutely urgent reason for removing it, it should remain intact—for ethical, psychological, and sexual reasons. The boy himself, when he is old enough, is the only person who should make any decision affecting the looks and function of his penis.

However, if either or both parents-to-be are considering circumcision, they need to research this life-changing procedure to learn just what happens during a circumcision, and what the unexpected complications could be. They should do this before their son’s birth. It is too late once a maternity-ward physician or nurse inquires whether they want their son circumcised. At that moment they might have difficulty saying “No,” or might make a hasty decision that they could later regret. Circumcision is completely optional, but disfigurement and potentially severe injury are permanent. Extremely important, also, is the fact that no matter how well-meaning, parents simply cannot know or predict how their son will later feel about being circumcised.

Circumcision is an American anomaly. Worldwide, only about 10 out of every l,000 male infants are circumcised—and eight of those ten are in the United States alone. You, too, can do what 990 out of 1,000 parents do: skip making a decision altogether, and your child will be perfectly healthy and happy. You won’t be alone; already in the past four years, the US circumcision rate has plunged from 56% to 32%.

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