Jul 03

“I think this child has an infected penis after neonatal circumcision…”

“CASE REPORT

A 6 day old male was circumcised uneventfully using the Plastibell technique in the pediatrician’s office. Two days later the patient developed penile shaft swelling and blistering accompanied by a temperature of 38.3 degree celsius.”

*Warning – the link below contains graphic images of infection caused by a botched plastibell circumcision.

http://www.infocirc.org/fourn.htm


Jul 02

Safety and Efficacy of Nontherapeutic Male Circumcision: A Systematic Review

Bottom line (emphasis added):

Patients who request circumcision in the belief that it bestows clinical benefits must be made aware of the lack of consensus and robust evidence, as well as the potential medical and psychosocial harms of the procedure. As the efficacy of prophylactic nontherapeutic male circumcision has not been comprehensively studied in neonates, it would be inappropriate to recommend widespread neonatal circumcision for this purpose.”

In other words – there’s NO strong medical evidence to support cutting off part of a male’s healthy genitalia and therefore the procedure is NOT recommended for adults OR infants. The risks outweigh any perceived benefit – risks such as medical and psychosocial harm, among numerous other issues (even death).

The only reason it’s still being done is rooted more in cosmetics and cultural tradition – neither of which are sufficient reasons to harm an infant in this manner.

http://www.annfammed.org/cgi/content/full/8/1/64


Jun 26

Royal Dutch Medical Association: Male circumcision is “medically unnecessary”

Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) to discourage non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors

Utrecht, 27 May 2010 – The official standpoint of KNMG and other related medical/scientific organisations is that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. KNMG is urging a strong policy of deterrence.

The reason for the adoption of an official standpoint regarding this matter is the increasing emphasis on the protection of children’s rights. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision can also cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. Full or partial penile amputations have also been reported as a consequence of complications.”

http://mensnewsdaily.com/2010/05/30/royal-dutch-medical-association-male-circumcision-medically-unnecessary/


Jun 26

Does Amputation Harm Babies?

Of course it does. Amputation of any healthy tissue is not only traumatic, but completely unnecessary. Naturally it will cause harm – on more levels than the parents who decide to cut their child even realize.

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Jun 21

Circumcisions kill 20 boys in South Africa

“Twenty South African boys have died following botched circumcisions in the Eastern Cape Province.

“The deaths occurred over the past 12 days, with nine of them occurring over the past 24 hours,” said a provincial health spokesperson.

Some 60 boys have been rescued from 11 initiation schools which have since been closed.

Circumcision is seen as a rite of passage into manhood in some South African communities.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10350471.stm


Jun 09

Infant circumcision causes [more than] 100 deaths each year in US

“The study found that approximately 117 neonatal (first 28 days after birth) circumcision-related deaths occur annually in the United States, one out of every 77 male neonatal deaths. The study also identified reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them.

Previous studies estimated the death rate as low as two per year to as many as 230. The study collected data from hospital records and government sources to attempt to provide a more accurate magnitude of the problem.

To put this in perspective, about 44 neonatal boys die each year from suffocation, and 8 from auto accidents. About 115 neonatal boys die annually from SIDS, nearly the same as from circumcision.”

http://www.icgi.org/2010/04/infant-circumcision-causes-100-deaths-each-year-in-us/


Jun 08

The case against circumcision

“To be intact, as nature intended, is best. The vast majority of males who are given the choice value their wholeness and keep their foreskins, for the same reason they keep their other organs of perception. Parents in Europe and non-Muslim Asia never have forced their boys to be circumcised. It would no more occur to them to cut off part of their boys’ penises than it would to cut off part of their ears. Respecting a child’s right to keep his genitals intact is normal and natural. It is conservative in the best sense of the word.

A circumcised father who has mixed feelings about his intact newborn son may require gentle, compassionate psychological counseling to help him come to terms with his loss and to overcome his anxieties about normal male genitalia. In such cases, the mother should steadfastly protect her child, inviting her husband to share this protective role and helping him diffuse his negative feelings. Most parents want what is best for their baby. Wise parents listen to their hearts and trust their instinct to protect their baby from harm. The experience of the ages has shown that babies thrive best in a trusting atmosphere of love, gentleness, respect, acceptance, nurturing, and intimacy. Cutting off a baby’s foreskin shatters this trust. Circumcision wounds and harms the baby and the person the baby will become. Parents who respect their son’s wholeness are bequeathing to him his birthright-his body, perfect and beautiful in its entirety.”

http://www.mothersagainstcirc.org/fleiss.html


Jun 08

Who’s looking after the boys?

The universal declaration of human rights state that every man, woman and child should have equal rights without discrimination (United Nations, 1948). These rights should have meaning within our everyday lives and aim to protect all people from injustice.”

http://www.rcm.org.uk/midwives/features/whos-looking-after-the-boys/


Jun 07

Routine circumcision of normal male infants and boys

“Strictly speaking, it is not the opponents of routine male circumcision who need to make a case against the procedure, but its supporters who must prove its necessity: they need to explain why a natural part of the human body, and one common to all primates, is so dangerous that it must be amputated before a baby can talk, crawl or do anything much except scream.”

http://www.circinfo.org/debate.html


Jun 07

Foreskin or against it?

A humorous article written by a cut man. While very funny in places, it gets the point across by summarizing:

“In 100 years, I mused, will circumcision exist only in books that chronicle gruesome medical foibles? Will it be found in the chapter right after leeches?”

http://www.salon.com/aug97/mothers/circ970820.html