The Debate on Infant Circumcision Essay

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According to a published report in the August 16th 2010 edition of the New York Time’s parents are choosing less and less to circumcise their new born sons. The article states instances of circumcision have declined “to just 32.5 percent in 2009 from 56 percent in 2006. The numbers are based on calculations by SDI Health, a company in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. that analyzes health care data”. Why are so many deciding to not have the elective procedure even though the rate of complication is extraordinarily low? What about the arguments for hygiene, sexual satisfaction, psychological and social concerns and, lest we dismiss, religious views?
Per WebMD “Male circumcision is a surgery to remove the foreskin, a fold of skin that covers and
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Islamic, Jewish, West African, the Aborigines of Australia and many other religions and cultures use circumcision as a rite of passage that holds significant meaning. Most preform the act in infancy or early childhood and while some hold it as optional others see it as obligatory and will even make sure to circumcise their deceased before burial. (Darby) In Kenya, boys will wear the razor blade that was used on them around their necks as a sign of “initiation into manhood” (Morris) Some religions, such as Catholicism, have maintained that the act of circumcision is brutal, barbaric and unnecessary.(Wikipedia 1)
Today, the surgery is normally performed as an out patent procedure, within the first week of a healthy birth. It is performed with or without local anesthesia (rarely with a general anesthesia with infants due to complications), by an OB/GYN, Urologist, Family Physician, or Pediatrician. There are multiple options on how to have the elective surgery performed and no matter which method is used it could take as little as 12 minutes or as much as 20 minutes. Generally, there is little discomfort after the first 24 hours and very little after care to be performed. One just keeps the area clean with water and monitors for any tell-tell signs of infection until the tip of the penis is healed. Most circumcised men never complain of a lack of sensation, residual pain, or hold memory of the
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