Ahhhh, I just posted this on my Facebook. Almost everyone I know on fb cuts or is cut. I’m sure to get a backlash from this….. Ekkkk
By georganne chapin
Not only does the Task Force report blatantly ignore the ethical obligation of physicians to respect their patients’ autonomy and do no harm, it repeatedly calls for doctors to be paid by private insurance or Medicaid for removing healthy, functioning tissue from an infant baby boy who cannot consent to this permanent alteration to his body.
Specifically, the report says:
“Although health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns, the benefits of circumcision are sufficient to justify access to this procedure for families choosing it and to warrant third-party payment for circumcision of male newborns.”
The Task Force says that it’s the parents’ responsibility to decide whether their particular newborn might benefit from being circumcised, though no guidance is given on how parents should make this decision.
Nonetheless, for 2012 alone, the toll of American baby boys tied down and surgically altered will number 1 million (no baby “consents” to circumcision, as a fleeting glance at an infant circumcision on video or in the flesh will make clear). This is a human rights violation on a massive scale.
In justifying the perpetuation of infant circumcision, the AAP Task Force cites studies conducted among sexually-active adults in parts of sub-Saharan Africa with very high HIV prevalence. These studies looked at the role circumcision might play in retarding transmission of the HIV virus. They claim to have found a reduction in transmission from females to males, though not from men to women. Circumcision has not been conclusively found to reduce transmission of HIV in men who have sex with men, which together with intravenous needle-sharing, account for most cases of HIV in the United States.
Whether or not circumcision actually plays a role in reducing HIV transmission among some adults in sub-Saharan Africa has no relevance to baby boys in the United States. Babies are not sexually active and are therefore at no risk of sexually-transmitted HIV or any other venereal disease. In my opinion, these African studies are being used as after-the-fact justification for a custom that is increasingly being rejected by those who see it as violating children’s rights to bodily autonomy and their own future freedom of religion.