Circumcision.


I posted here and here on the subject of circumcision.

Finally,  McClatchy is reporting that the American Academy of Pediatrics is changing their policy re: circumcision.

But on Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics backed the Arensbergs’ decision when it altered a 13-year-old policy that said there was not enough medical evidence to warrant routine circumcision. Now the group, with some reservation, supports the procedure for health reasons.

“Evaluation of current evidence indicates that the health benefits of new male circumcision outweigh the risks,” the new policy states.

The group’s policy, however, does stop short of recommending circumcision for all newborn boys and includes parental choice:

“Parents ultimately should decide whether circumcision is in the best interest of their male child. They will need to weigh medical information in the context of their own religious, ethical and cultural beliefs and practices. The medical benefits alone may not outweigh these other considerations for individual families.”

But, you already know my views on the subject.

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