Sunday, September 30, 2012

Letter to AAP: Circumcision Report is Flawed, Ronald Goldman


The American Academy of Pediatrics circumcision report has many serious deficiencies. It ignores effects of circumcision pain on infants, two dozen surgical risks including death, functions of the foreskin, connections between circumcision and erectile dysfunction, trauma of circumcision, psychological harm to men, using condoms to prevent STDs, conflicts with its own bioethics committee, lack of true informed consent, and unknown harms that have not been studied. Instead it continues the endless search for a medical "benefit" that started in the late 1800s. Circumcision is a solution in search of a problem.
The AAP report also conflicts with circumcision positions in other countries that recommend against circumcision or are discussing restricting it. Other countries recognize the inherent physical, sexual, and psychological harm of circumcision and that it violates medial ethics to cut off a natural, healthy, functioning body part. Ignore the report. Just watch a circumcision video and trust your feelings.
Circumcision Resource Center

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