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Created by John Eipper on 07/15/10 5:45 AM - re-circumcision-david-crow-us

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re: Circumcision (David Crow, US) (John Eipper, USA, 07/15/10 5:45 am)

David Crow responds to Nigel Jones's post of 10 July:

I share Nigel Jones's impatience with the argument that circumcision is tantamount to child abuse--an accusation my sister-in-law once levelled at me. As Nigel points out, the medical evidence is overwhelming that uncircumcised men have higher rates of urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS. Perhaps an argument could be made, if one were so inclined, that not circumcising male children is child abuse. I'm not so inclined, because I think this is an area where we can be respectful of differences.

In any event, the word "abuse" hardly applies to the modern medical procedure. I had both of my sons circumcised within the past six years (in Mexico, where they were born, a country in which virtually no male children are circumcised). The surgeon put a plastic ring around the head of the penis and we waited about a week till both the ring and foreskin fell off. I don't think I noticed even mild discomfort from my sons.

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