Fewer baby boys getting circumcised, CDC says
CHICAGO — The number of baby boys getting circumcised in hospitals has dropped slightly in the past decade, health experts said on Thursday.
Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from three national surveys to track changes in hospital rates of circumcision, which involves removing the foreskin of the penis.
In one survey, newborn male circumcision rates fell to 56.9 percent in 2008 from 62.9 percent in 1999. In another, rates of circumcision fell to 54.7 percent in 2010 from 58.4 percent in 2001. In a third, rates fell to 56.3 percent in 2008 from 63.5 percent in 1999.
The article itself is pretty skewed towards favoring circumcision but at least the rates of circumcision are decreasing.
Below is a conversation I had on fb after posted this saying “thank God!”
BM: You’re thanking the God that instituted circumcision? **grin**
Sunday at 8:19am · Like
Me: True but still thanking him that people who do it just because everyone else did are starting to think…..
God also sent plagues, had snakes bite his own people for unbelief, had first borns killed, supported the destruction of the original people’s in the promise land besides that the Egyptians were circumcising before the Hebrews were….soooo
What is started by man and what is sent by God?????
Plus the “order” for circumcision was for the Jewish peoples not for mainstream Americans.
It’s a cruel procedure to inflict on a baby.
Sunday at 5:33pm via · Like
Me: Oh and I’m not angry at you. It is a child rights position that I’m am very passionate about…. Online…. I rarely let it bleed into my personal daily life because I don’t want to alienate friends and family who feel differently.
Sunday at 5:35pm via · Like
AR: Yeah!!! That is my daughter in law.
Sunday at 6:04pm · Like
Bm: I don’t have any strong feelings either way about it. It is not remotely as traumatic or damaging as female circumcision. Therefore, I think it should be left to the decision of the parents, as some will consider it both a religious and cultural marker. I was mainly just teasing you, hence the grin.
Sunday at 6:52pm · Like
W.c: Neither of our sons were circumcised.
Sunday at 7:41pm · Like
Me: I love you and your wife even more! Hehehe
Sunday at 9:10pm via · Like
Me: It is only through our cultural perception that it is not as traumatic or harmful as female circumcision. Most female circumcisions are minor clippings of the clitoral hood or the labia minora (type 1) not the cutting and excision of the clitoris and suturing closed theexternal vulva area (type 4 inflibulation) (excuse spelling)
Look up sunat and people consider the female circumcision very minor.(type 1, not type 4)
“It’s her 49th day and we decided to have her circumcised or sunat. The earlier the better since it’ll heal faster and had it done at Klinik Nor Azian. Very nice clinic – they have a surau, play area with slides and comfortable waiting area, good service and they have couple of doctors as well. We only waited about 10-15 minutes and the procedure was a mere 3 minutes and that’s it! She only cried a little bit because she just didn’t like people holding her legs. Once done, she stared at the doc and smile…good girl!”
Male genital cutting is an American cultural norm unfortunately so it doesn’t seem bad to us but remember last yr or 2 yrs ago when the AAP (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/722840) said it may allow a pin prick of the clitoris by a dr and the incredible outcry that provoked! The horror! Surgical equipment one a new born girl’s body! How horrid! But everyday little newborn boys are put under the knife/scalpel/ hemostats/clamps on their most sensitive area with mild pain relief.
Since 1996, girls in the US have been protected from genital cutting… It used to be legal here…. Under the equal protection laws…. Boys should be protected as well but are not because whereas female cutting seems horrible, male cutting is seen as socially and culturally acceptable. It is a double standard. Females are protected and given the choice. If I want to go in for a “trim” I as an adult can but no one else can decide for me. However, boys are not granted the same bodily autonomy.
I respect that it is a culturally acceptable and legal decision for parents to make but I do think it is a human rights and child rights issue. A man deserves the same respect of bodily autonomy and say as any woman… Even if that man is only a boy and 48 hrs old.
Sunday at 9:26pm via · Like
Me: I know you were teasing! But it’s a serious subject for me so I felt the pull to respond a bit too vehemently.
Sunday at 9:27pm via · Like
Me- (add on)- even if Male circumcision and female circumcision were nothing alike. Even if fgm were always more horrible than mgm. It still doesn’t negate the fact that MGM is harmful, painful and unnecessary and should not be inflicted without consent or medical need on a minor much less an Infant.
I think male infant circumcision will continue unabated until more men realize the harm that was done to. Them, speak out and not inflict the same injury onto their boys.
Please excuse typos….