Newborn male infant circumcision declining in U.S. says CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that newborn male circumcision (NMC) is on the decline in the U.S. as evidenced by 3 separate studies: the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the Charge Data Master (CDM). Incidence of NMC decreased from 62.5% in 1999 to 56.9% in 2008 in NHDS (AAPC = -1.4%; p<0.001), from 63.5% in 1999 to 56.3% in 2008 in NIS (AAPC = -1.2%; p<0.001), and from 58.4% in 2001 to 54.7% in 2010 in CDM (AAPC = -0.75%; p<0.001).

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  1. The real question is not why it’s going down, but why is it so high? The USA and Israel are the only two countries in the world where more than half baby boys are circumcised.

    Drops in male circumcision since 1950:
    USA: from 90% to about 55%
    Canada: from 48% to 17%
    UK: from 35% to about 5% (about 1-2% among non-Muslims)
    Australia: 90% to 12.4% (“routine” circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states)
    New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans)
    South America and Europe: never above 5%

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    1. The real question is not why it’s going down, but why is it so high? The USA and Israel are the only two cuietrons in the world where more than half baby boys are circumcised.Drops in male circumcision since 1950:USA: from 90% to about 55%Canada: from 48% to 17%UK: from 35% to about 5% (about 1-2% among non-Muslims)Australia: 90% to 12.4% ( routine circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states)New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans)South America and Europe: never above 5%

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  2. At the AIDS Conference in Vienna last year the figure reported by CDC researcher Charbel E. El Bcheraoui was 32.5% (the percentage of boys cut in hospitals the USA.) This was reported in the New York Times (August 17, 2010.)

    When the rate of forced genital cutting of children falls to zero we will be living in a more fair and just society. Until then the human rights (and bodies) of children are being violated daily in US hospitals, clinics, homes and synagogs.

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