Newborn male circumcision is the most common surgical procedure performed in the U.S. Many people believe that there are tangible health benefits to male circumcision but, the truth is no medical society in the world recommends it. In fact, the American Medical Association calls the surgery “non-therapeutic.” What’s worse, over 100 babies die as a result of complications from circumcision in the U.S. each year.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is developing public health recommendations for the U.S. on male circumcision – ignoring the serious risks such as hemorrhage, infection, surgical mishap, and death – in favor of highly debatable and inconclusive research.
The CDC is the foremost expert on public health in our country and, as such, has a responsibility to share the truth about circumcision.
I just took action, signing a petition to the CDC, demanding the organization release a truthful statement on the harms and risks of circumcision.
If you believe as I do, that we should protect newborn babies from harmful and unnecessary surgery, then say NO to infant male circumcision!
- 10/19/11 – Georganne Chapin – End the barbaric cutting of baby boys
- 9/3/11 – Newborn male infant circumcision declining in U.S. says CDC
- 6/24/11 – The professional imperative for obstetrician-gynecologists to discontinue newborn male circumcision.
- 1/11/10 – End genital mutilation now
- 11/26/10 – Doctor and hospital sued for circumcision
- 9/26/10 – Are you REALLY SURE you want your OB/GYN to cut your little boy?
- 1/11/10 – Throwing wrenches at the gears
10 thoughts on “Say NO to infant male circumcision!”
“Doctors” who sexually wound the genitals of infants and children lacks ethics and belongs behind bars.
Thank you to all doctors who oppose circumcision of infants and children, you are the best!
Why the change?? Parents are fiinndg out about the harm caused by circumcision. The long term harm is huge with nerve damage and harm to the sensory system. A whole range of sensation and sexual and protective function are lost. The lips and fingertips have similar touch sense. I think a study is needed as to why the CDC is so in favor of this abuse of male babies and the men they become. There is almost never a mention of what partS are cut off and what they do (I guess the guys at the cdc don’t know).. The foreskin is several parts with several sexual and protective functions. Male circumcision is nerve damage — a cutting off about 20000 fine touch and stretch sensing nerve endings and removing a source of pleasure from the male FOR LIFE. This is 2/3 of the total pleasure source amputated! This is nerves, blood vessels, protective covering and pleasure zones taken away from a human before the human can experience this. The dynamics and function and pleasure from sex and masturbation of the pe nis is harmed for good.As to HIV, there is a study that shows a huge HIV riskcahnge for FEMALE circumcision. Who wopuld cut their daughter for that reason? It is also known that in the real world (including in Africa) there is no observed HIV risk change related to circumcision. Of course if there really was a 76% risk change, the circumcision US would have lower HIV than natural penis EU. It is just the opposite. Also, the risk change was about 55% average (not 76%) or going from 2.8% risk to 1.38% risk. As a poster noted, much of that could be linked to the condom advice they gave the cut (the natural guys did not get condom advice) or maybe it is related to the fact that the cut guys did not have sex during a large % of the study that was cut short.
Thanks, Dr. Pate! I signed the petition months ago, but will pass it on so we can get to 25,000 signatures.
I am considering going into medicine and your activism on this issue is an inspiration to me!
Well, finally America is santtirg to catch up with the rest of the Western civilization even on this subject. We of course have health care, maternity leave and all those other issues that affect our children to deal with as well. Lots of new thinking to do to in order to catch up with the 21st century, eh? What is so scary is that people simply don’t know anything different here. Circumcision is the norm while choosing to leave an essential part of the body that is obviously there for a reason, is not. Make no mistake: in Europe routine circumcision is considered a completely unnecessary and cruel procedure. Europeans can’t believe that Americans, people of a civilized nation, actually do this to their babies by routine. Just because. We are being looked upon as quite frankly uneducated and stuck in the old days (not in a good way). It is so unfortunate for so many little boys that this tradition somehow got a hold in our society. Thank goodness people (and parents) are finally realizing what a serious issue this is, what is being done to little baby boys who can’t speak for or defend themselves.
Thank you Doctor Pate. It will be doctors like you who speak out about infant circumcision that will change the circumcision culture in the United States.
It is too late for me. I was circumcised shortly after birth. But, everyone needs to fight to protect those who are yet to be born.
that smegma caeuss cancer. It took three times before he stopped. That was disproven years ago.When you are a surgeon, everything needs surgery, just like when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.How *do* those Europeans, and South Americans, and Canadians, and Australians, and Asians manage without circumcision? Europeans have foreskins, and have much lower infection rates.American doctors don’t know the meaning of first, do no harm .What part of the healing arts profession is cutting the genitals of a healthy baby?Nothing is easier than for those who are totally ignorant of what the foreskin does, than to say it is a useless flap of skin, and that it does no damage to remove it.Remember when doctors said that newborns didn’t need anesthesia, because their nervous systems had not yet developed, and they didn’t feel the pain of circumcision? How different it is now.We give them sugar water as often as not, and call it anesthesia.Here’s a test you can try at home. Drink sugar water, and cut your genital skin. There, it didn’t hurt a bit, and that nasty part is gone. See if you sleep through it, or perhaps lapse into shock, as the babies have been proven to do. You say it is harmless. Why does the heart rate of the baby often triple? Why do some die of heart attacks, and others scream so hard, they burst their bladder?What moron doesn’t know how to clean himself properly? Would you say to a woman, being uncircumcised is OK, just make sure you know how to clean yourself properly . What kind of a reaction would you expect from her? Incredulity? The kind that is on my face right now?If you knew how much a foreskin does to facilitate entry, or to keep both partners moist, or how much pleasure its nerves send to the brain, there would be no question.Do you hear Europeans complaining that their men are unclean, or that they are catching diseases from them? No.Women, how much trouble is your clitoral foreskin? How many diseases does it trap? How much effort does it take to clean?That is exactly how effortless its male analogue is.Why hurt a baby, for something which no medical organization of any country says is necessary, just to make a buck for a surgeon who doesn’t understand ethics? No conflict of interest there. They withhold information about the negative effects. There are no statistics on circumcision deaths available or meatal stenosis, or any other iatrogenic problems of circumcision. Then, they promote the surgery. If you don’t think there is funny business going on, why can the doctor sell the foreskin for $300+ to a cosmetics company for women to put on their faces, or to a biogen company to make a piece of skin the size of a football field, grown in cow collagen, without the messy inconvenience of telling the family? Why does the latest news from the CDC on the circumcision rates dropping get sounded like an alarm? Why is it under the Morbidity and Mortality Report?