Monday, December 21, 2015

The first rule of circumcision deaths

This used to be post at motherwiselife.org - One day I went to search for this text and didn't find it, so I found it using the wayback machine. I asked the owner of the blog what had happened with this text and she told me she had lost it, so I gave her the link to the archived copy. She said she would copy it and paste it.

Two months went by and I went to check again her blog, but she didn't reinstate the text. I turned to the wayback machine, but now a setting on the robots.txt file prevented the wayback machine from showing me the archive. I assume that this change was intentional with the purpose of preventing recovery of archived articles or preventing archival of new articles.

I managed to find a re-post of the article though. And because I believe it is an important article, I will mirror it here as well.

The first rule of circumcision deaths is: don't talk about circumcision deaths

So let’s see:

A baby with a serious heart condition is circumcised, bleeds profusely, and dies. But we’re not supposed to blame it on circumcision, because the baby had a heart condition.

A toddler is put under general anesthesia to be circumcised, and he dies shortly after he wakes up. But we’re not supposed to blame it on the circumcision, because it was probably just the anesthesia.

A hemophiliac baby is circumcised, bleeds profusely from his circumcision wound, and dies. But we’re not supposed to blame circumcision, because the baby was hemophiliac.

A healthy baby is circumcised, an artery is nicked, he bleeds out and dies. But we’re not supposed to blame circumcision, because it was the severing of the artery that caused the blood loss.

A healthy Jewish baby receives a “metzitzah b’peh” circumcision, contracts herpes due to the oral suction, and dies.  But we’re not supposed to blame circumcision, because it’s tradition and not all mohels have oral herpes.

A healthy baby is circumcised, the Mogen clamp slips, and a large portion of his penis is amputated. But we’re not supposed to blame circumcision, because it’s the fault of the clamp, which has caused similar injury in the past.

A healthy baby is circumcised and the doctor takes “too much” skin off, causing buried penis. But we’re not supposed to blame circumcision, because it was probably just the fault of the doctor.

If someone shoots you, and you have a heart condition, and the blood loss causes your heart to race and you die, is it fair to say your death was caused by nothing but your heart condition?

If you are hemophiliac, and someone stabs you, and you bleed profusely, is it fair to say your death was caused by nothing but hemophilia?

Circumcision is 100% unnecessary. The toddler should have never been under anesthesia without true medical emergency. The hemophiliac baby and the baby with the heart defect never should have been circumcised. If it wasn’t for circumcision, they would very likely still be alive.

If a medical procedure is 100% unnecessary and could kill your child, DON’T DO IT.