V.20 No.52 | December 29 - January 4, 2012
In the USA, all girls under 18 are protected by federal law from cultural, religious and unnecessary genital surgery of ANY kind. Yet boys in the USA have been and are regularly strapped down while their penis is mutilated! Boys are not given the same protection as girls, and there is no acceptable rationale for distinguishing between unnecessary female and male genital surgery.
Circumcision is medically unnecessary the overwhelming majority of the time, risky, painful and unethical. No scientifically based, respectable medical society in the world recommends routine male circumcision. The foreskin is not a birth defect. It is a normal, functional and almost always healthy sexual tissue with which all boys are born. The majority, estimated to be between 70 percent and 90 percent of the world’s men are NOT circumcised. Fortunately, the rate of this barbaric procedure is falling and is estimated to be between 30 percent and 50 percent of male infants being circumcised in the USA today.
Male circumcision has been and is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the USA, bringing in an estimated $1 billion each year. There is also a multimillion-
Any type of genital mutilation, male or female, involves the surgical removal of healthy, protective, erogenous and nerve-