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    AAP Releases Circumcision Policy


    by wholebaby

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics says:

    Role of Hygiene

    "there is little evidence to affirm the association between circumcision status and optimum penile hygiene."

    STDs including HIV

    "behavioral factors appear to be far more important than circumcision status."

    Penile Cancer

    "in a developed country such as the United States, penile cancer is a rare disease and the risk of penile cancer developing in an uncircumcised man, although increased compared with a circumcised man, is low."


    Of course here, they hedge and say while even though cutting off part of your baby's genitalia "is not essential to the child's current well-being" they are perfectly fine with parents and doctors using cultural tradition as justification. This report is also the first time the AAP has acknowledged(after decades of doctors mindlessly repeating the belief that babies don't feel significant pain) that circumcision without anesthesia is traumatic and if circumcision is to be done, anesthesia should be used.

    I would like to know if the AAP thinks cultural tradition is an acceptable reason to cut off the clitoral hoods(biologically analogous to foreskin) of infant girls especially if it is done with anesthesia as is the case here:
    (the video is not particularly graphic as it was made by a mother who had her own clitoral hood cut off when she was a baby and she wants to continue the tradition)

    If you want, you can read the full AAP policy here: