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|Tue, 08-11-2009 - 6:31am|
Over the years, I have seen circumcision advocates say if infant male circumcision were banned, it would go underground and there would be "back alley" infant circumcisions. I don't believe that is true. Since minor female circumcision was banned in 1996, there has been only one case. The father circumcised his infant daughter on the kitchen table and was arrested, tried and given a 5 year prison sentence. That seems to have sent a clear message that it wouldn't be tolerated and has prevented additional cases.
However, during that time, I have seen reports of back alley circumcisions of infant and older males in the news media in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
In the case below, the father and mother had argued about the circumcision of their son with the father arguing against and the mother arguing for. Well, it seems the mother took the situation into her own hands with devastating results. Would a law have prevented this. It would have most likely prevented a discussion and disagreement.