MOMS & DADS TALK: Circumcision Gets Controversial

Is this only a personal choice for parents?

I recently caught wind of a on the Lutherville-Timonium Patch. It began with the story of a mother who opted not to circumcise her two boys, only to be plagued by issues, which required their youngest to have the procedure performed as a toddler.

When my husband and I asked our obstetrician and pediatrician about circumcision, neither offered a definitive medical recommendation. While they provided pros and cons, they ultimately declared it “a personal choice.”

Both sides of the case seem to have merit—perhaps because there is no right answer? As a parent, we love our children and want to do what is best for them on all accounts. When we make a decision, we tend to stand firm and hold our ground.  But I wonder, if there were a clear medical answer, instead of just research and recommendations, would it be such a highly debated issue?

What do you think? Why is circumcision so controversial? Is this only "a personal choice" for parents?

Cyn March 06, 2011 at 01:59 AM
Thanks, Lori. And you're correct - Jake's close association with other circumfetishists and circumfetish groups such as CircList and Gilgal are not 'accusations', they are based on what is already widely known about him.
Cyn March 06, 2011 at 02:00 AM
"This is MY personal choice." It's not YOUR penis. It's not a choice that morally belongs to you.
Cyn March 06, 2011 at 02:02 AM
@psandz - obviously Britain is much smarter than America is on this issue.
Cyn March 06, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Circumcision does not prevent HIV. The claims that it does are often based on the highly flawed African studies. Further info: http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/info/HIVStatement.html http://www.cirp.org/library/disease/HIV/vanhowe2005a/ http://www.cirp.org/library/disease/HIV/ http://www.circumstitions.com/HIV.html http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6869/is_10_98/ai_n32398719/?tag=content;col1
Cyn March 06, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Complications of circumcision: http://www.circumstitions.com/Complic.html How to identify circumcision damage in the adult male: http://www.noharmm.org/IDcirc.htm Circumcision and psychological harm: http://www.norm-uk.org/circumcision_psychological_effects.html Male genital mutilation in America (warning - graphic video of infants being assaulted): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuDhkiDdns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXVFFI76ff0 The tragic story of David Reimer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFMfrBWM7_A


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