Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Medical Benefits of Infant Circumcision






















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No medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision.
Most strongly caution against it.

There are no medical benefits to removing the purposeful prepuce organ from a heathy infant.







To learn more, explore resources here, check out published literature on the subject, and join in the conversations happening at Saving Our Sons


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3 comments:

  1. Some may claim to show medical benefits, and in many cases they can be disproved (sometimes not so easily), but that is generally irrelevant.

    To be considered a valid benefit (even if true) something like HIV risk reduction would have to benefit the infant (who is not having unprotected sex of course) and something would also have to be unobtainable by less-destructive means (but of course sex with a condom is equally safe with and without foreskin).

    Proxy consent for any medical intervention is ethical only if waiting for the patient's own rational informed consent would lead to harm, and when less-destructive options are exhausted. Infant circumcision fails this test decidedly due to lack of benefits, risks of unintended harm, and 100% certain losses of normal sexual functions.

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  2. I'm so sad today. A friend just had a baby boy, and after one of the hardest pregnancies I've ever heard of, and an insane delivery, her tiny sweet baby boy (who is low birth weight and though full term, closer to "preterm" in size/development) was whisked off for his circumcision today. After all she's been through, I know saying anything now is a day late, a dollar short and won't be received well (and we're not close enough friends anyway). But I'm just so sad thinking about it I had to say something, somewhere. I've always felt strongly about this, but having a son of my own has made me feel so fiercely protective of all babies for some reason, and I just wish I could reverse time and stop the whole thing from happening. le sigh.

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