Cut To The Chase: Should Boys Be Circumcised?

Congratulations, you’ve welcomed a beautiful baby boy!

For some parents, the decision to circumcise or not to circumcise is a very difficult one.

The removal of foreskin has all kinds of religious, cultural and sexual implications. There are countless arguments used to justify and condemn the procedure.

In August 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics revised its policy on infant male circumcision, saying that the health benefits outweigh the risks. But the new guideline stopped short of recommending it routinely, stating instead that it should simply be available to parents who choose it for their sons.

For years prior to this, the AAP policy stated that there is not sufficient evidence to recommend routine neonatal circumcision.

So what is a new parent to do?

The argument for and against runs the gamut from describing circumcision as genital mutilation and an unnecessary surgery, to a health benefit and a religious tradition.

It’s a hot topic, indeed.

In one of the most controversial international religion stories of 2012, Jewish and Muslim leaders around the world are relieved a German court decision banning infant circumcision has been nullified by parliament.

The reality is that parents choose circumcision for their baby boys for various reasons: religion, culture, tradition, and the “I want him to look like dad” argument.

Current statistics say 40% of U.S. male babies and 48% of Canadian male babies are circumcised.

As as mother of two boys, I felt very strongly against circumcising my sons. I must admit that I tend to gasp in shock when I hear of a baby being snipped — I’m working on my bias.

Will – or did – you circumcise your son?

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