Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sun-Sentinel: Also skewed reporting

Sun Sentinel also reported on the case of Nebus vs. Hironimus, the case of the 3 and 1/2 year old boy who his father wants to have circumcised based on a pre-existing agreement, and the mother does not want because of the pain involved and the risk of death from undergoing general anesthesia.

Sun Sentinel skews its reporting by omitting the word "death", saying instead that the mother said that "it was not medically necessary and could be risky with general anesthesia"

There is some difference between something being "risky" and being potentially fatal.

My letter to Sun Sentinel:

Your reporting of the case of the Boynton mother trying to prevent the circumcision of her 3 and 1/2 year old son is unfortunately skewed.

Where Heather Hironimus indicated that she did not wanted her son to undergo general anesthesia for fear of death, your report has changed it to say that it "could be risky".

If it was only "risky", Jamaal Coleson of Brooklyn would be 5 years old today. He died in 2011 as a consequence of the anesthesia used during his circumcision.

This is a case about human rights, about the right of a child to be free from an unnecessary and potentially dangerous "elective" genital surgery that he did not elect.

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