American Academy of Pediatrics Changes Stance on Circumcision

The group says that medical insurers should pay for the procedure.

Even as the circumcision rate for newborn baby boys in the United States reaches its lowest level in decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported Monday that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. It’s the first time that the influential medical group has updated its circumcision policy since 1999. The academy said that medical insurers should cover the procedure.  

A review of medical literature published Monday in the journal "Pediatrics" finds that circumcision may protect heterosexual men against HIV infection. The policy shift comes as circumcision becomes a charged political topic from the Bay Area to Germany, where a court ruled in June that circumcision is illegal. Jewish groups are asking the German government to pass legislation that protects the practice

The academy's position does not endorse circumcision, but suggests that it should be an option available to parents, according to an article in the New York Times. 

According to a federal study of circumcisions performed in community hospitals published in February, there were 1.2 million hospital circumcisions in 2009. California counts one of the lowest circumcision rates in the country with 22 percent. 

Last year, Berkeley's Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution condemning a comic book character created by an anti-circumcision group called Foreskin Man that many deemed to be anti-Semitic. 

What do you think? Should circumcision should be banned, or should parents be allowed to have the choice, as the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests? 

Trader Lu September 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Rood, I did not bring up the other topic. Someone mentioned it way back in the thread. Also, my opinion about the topic at hand was given earlier in this thread. Yes, I do care deeply about the rights of living children. Why do you have to resort to personal attacks?
Rood Andersson January 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM
On Monday, 7 January 2013 Nadja Adolf wrote: "I agree with you Mary. Uncircumcised penises (I've seen pictures in books, and on a public beach in Oregon, so I must admit I haven't seen a wide range of them) look like a dog's penis to me. So it is probably a good thing I haven't seen many, especially before lunch. B^)" Yes, Nadja, and though I haven't seen the genitalia of many females, I must say that I'm very happy not to have witnessed any before breakfast this morning. I'm sure I would have lost my appetite, straightaway. I mean how can women go around displaying themselves like a bunch of female dogs and cats with their rumps up in the air, begging for attention. It defies imagination. I'm sure you agree with me that we'd all be better off if women would have those ugly flaps removed. Then we could all eat our meals without undo concern.
Mary Smith February 07, 2013 at 08:43 PM
OH FOR GOD'S SAKE! This article was printed SIX months ago!!! LET IT GO ALREADY!!!!!!!
Rood Andersson February 07, 2013 at 09:54 PM
May Smith: Apparently male promiscuity is a fact of life in Africa, and one of the problems in HIV transmission in that continent is that women comprise the majority of the HIV cases (each HIV positive man infects several women). If men can reduce their susceptibility of catching HIV from one of those infected women by amputating their foreskin ... they can continue being promiscuous. Authorities have thrown up their hands about getting men to use condoms ... or to be monogamous, and so they hope against hope that genital mutilation will reduce transmission. Gay men who have anal sex, on the other hand, pass bodily fluids from one to the other, and male geital mutilation doesn't seem to make any difference in rates of transmission.
Rood Andersson February 07, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Mary Smith. I don't know what your point is, but in those 6 months close to a half-million infant American males have suffered throuth the pain and trauma of genital mutilation. Six months? Golly, this injustice has gone on a lot longer, so yes, we should have let it go six decades ago.


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