Intact America, a New York nonprofit against infant circumcision, is demanding that the AAP retract its report “on the basis that it is inaccurate, biased and misleading,” among other charges.
Dr. Freedman said such backlash was expected. He said the AAP task force went out of its way in the technical report “to be inclusive, comprehensive and transparent as to the quality of the evidence.”
“As a practicing pediatric urologist, 20% of the patients I will see today are here because of something related to their circumcision,” Dr. Freedman said. “The procedure has some modest benefits and some modest risks.”
Families shouldn’t “feel like they’re harming their child no matter what they decide to do.
The AAP encourages physicians to ensure that families understand that infant male circumcision is an elective procedure. The updated statement also accounts for the fact that male circumcision is not purely a medical decision, but includes aesthetic, cultural and religious factors [... my note: just like female cutting!] as well, Dr. Freedman said.
“We recognize our ethical obligation is in the best interest of the child, and we don’t have the ability to judge the best interest of the child across all those paradigms, ” said ...my note: your job was to judge best interest in medical terms, not religious, not cultural, not "aesthetic" for the pleasure of all the circumfetishists and acucullophiles out thereDr. Freedman, a pediatric urologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “If [families] want the procedure, they can justify getting it. If they don’t want it, they don’t have to have it.”
The American Medical Association says the decision for neonatal circumcision should be determined by parents in circumstances in which the procedure is not essential to the child’s well-being.