Circumcision has been a hot topic of late.
In June, a court in the German city of Cologne ruled that the practice “even when done properly by a doctor with the permission of the parents, should be considered as bodily harm if it is carried out on a boy unable to give his own consent”, according to an article in the Guardian.
The Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project staged a number of events in Vancouver earlier in August including a Foreskin Pride March.
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics has weighed in on the subject, making the following statement on its website:
After a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics found the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision. The AAP policy statement published Monday, August 27, says the final decision should still be left to parents to make in the context of their religious, ethical and cultural beliefs.
This New York Times article delves into the organization’s decision.
Circumcision is a tradition within Judaism and Islam that was also widely practised in North America but has been declining in recent years.