Friday, November 19, 2010

Is Circumcision Necessary?

The city who banned the Happy Meal may now try to ban circumcision.  Lloyd Schofield of San Francisco has created a ballot initiative to ban all circumcisions in the city, even in cases of religious belief. 

This issue is something I've researched in the recent past, because I want to be ready to make this decision in case I have a baby boy some day.  For all of the reading I've done on circumcision, it seems that the pros and cons of each perspective are pretty balanced and the worst case scenarios equally horrifying.  I've read stories from each camp that will keep you up at night.  Adhesion is a major concern in either situation.  An uncut foreskin that is too tight could potentially adhere to the glans and become infected, leading to gangrene and potential amputation.  Yet on the other hand, adhesion is still a problem for circumcised babies and can lead to "bridging," and other problems.  Severe mutilation and botched circumcisions are a real danger as well.  If you want pictures, here you go, but they aren't pretty and are definitely NSFW.  

According to the article, The American Academy of Pediatrics task force on circumcision has been reviewing recent research before it issues an official new position on the issue, probably next year, one panel member said....The American Academy of Pediatrics currently holds that there is evidence of circumcision's potential benefits, but not enough to recommend routine newborn circumcisions.

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