The circumcision decision

The Myths and Realities of Circumcision

"My own preference, if I had the good fortune to have another son, would be to leave his little penis alone."
--Dr. Benjamin Spock, Redbook, April 1989

The decision to circumcise a newborn baby is not an easy one for most parents. Professional advice from doctors, counselors or religious leaders varies depending on who you speak to or what books you read. But over the last few years, medical and research institutions have unveiled new evidence that sheds light on some of the myths associated with circumcision.


During the last 25 years, a vast majority of medical institutions have come out against circumcision. Most important was the March 1999 declaration by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the highest authority on child health in the United States, that circumcision was not necessary for the well being of boy babies. Today there is no longer any national or international public health authority in the western world, which advocates routine circumcision.

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