Banning Circumcision Won’t Change Reality for Children

The primary positive outcome I can envision for a ban on male circumcision is that Jews and Muslims would finally have a cause on which they could work together. If it starts with a piece of flesh, perhaps it will one day lead to peace.

That said, I personally oppose all medically unnecessary operations and circumcision is one such procedure. However small the risks, there are risks. I also personally oppose the use of illegal drugs (and oppose, even more strongly, the use of some legal drugs like tobacco and alcohol in excess). My preventive solution in all these cases is education rather than bans.

Alcohol prohibition was instituted in the United States in 1919, by passage of the Eighteenth Amendment. This violence-producing and unenforceable prohibition was wisely repealed in 1933 with passage of the Twenty-first Amendment. President Nixon in 1971 declared a War on Drugs, with the same problems as our war on alcohol. Unfortunately, this losing war continues even after 40 years of increased violence.

Does anyone doubt that a ban on circumcision would lead to more medical problems because the procedure would be performed underground by less qualified cutters? Circumcision, like clean needle exchanges for those injecting illegal drugs, is far less harmful than passing a law to ban it would be.

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Its ridiculous banning male circumcision as its a health thing to do. Yes, work on educating the mass against female circumcision, as this makes women less productive. Saima My Shopping Portal
By this theory, however, female circumcision of children should also be legal. In fact, any cosmetic procedure parents wish to have performed on their children should be legal. Is that really the direction we want to go? Surgery on minor children should only be performed when medically necessary. Cosmetic procedures should require the consent of the one on whom the procedure is performed, and minors are incapable of giving consent. Circumcision should not be banned, but should be classified as cosmetic (in 99% of cases) and therefore be the decision of the one who is being circumcised.
Anyone found to have gone underground and had it done by an unlicensed person would presumably be charged with child abuse, so hopefully that wouldn't become a big problem. More likely, people who are determined to get their infants circumcised (e.g. those following religious traditions) will go out of state. So those boys will end up circumcised anyway. But parents who circumcise because "it's what you do" and they never bothered to question the practice, but don't actually have a strong preference either way, would likely be dissuaded by a ban because they wouldn't care enough to go out of their way to get it done. So on those grounds, a ban could be useful for reducing the number of frivolous circumcisions, even though it can't prevent determined parents from getting it done out of state.
The alleged benefits of circumcision are small and questionable enough that they would never be accepted as a reason to *start* circumcising if it wasn't *already* a culturally ingrained procedure. Thus, its continued practice is based more on tradition than on scientific evidence of benefit. Could there be some small benefit to adults in areas with very high HIV infection rates? There were some problems with that study, but possibly. As for non-consenting infant boys in first world countries, however, stick with teaching them about condoms when they're old enough. Anyone who relies largely or entirely on being circumcised to protect them from HIV is going to end up infected sooner or later! Adults have the right to evaluate the evidence and make their own decision. Infants have the right to reach adulthood without someone else forcing an irreversible decision on them.
Wait a minute, why would I want to remove some of the joy my son could get from sex. Circumcision is known to remove and numb some of the pleasure from the penis. So by allowing ignorant or religious parents (one in the same btw) to mutilate their male offsping with no way for those children to reattach or correct the mutilation is barbaric.
Wait a minute, why would I want to remove some of the joy my son could get from sex. Circumcision is known to remove and numb some of the pleasure from the penis. So by allowing ignorant or religious parents (one in the same btw) to mutilate their male offsping with no way for those children to reattach or correct the mutilation is barbaric.
Since even the medical community classify circumcision only slightly above cosmetic surgery, it should be up to the individual to decide for themselves to have one or not. There shouldn't be a ban nor should there be a requirement to have one.
Actually, there is evidence of some medical benefit to the practice: HIV Prevention http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/malecircumcision/en/index.html Penile Carcinoma http://www.circs.org/index.php/Library/Schoen Pros and cons at a glance: http://www.medicinenet.com/circumcision_the_medical_pros_and_cons/page5....
Circumcision is a barbaric practice that is 100% rooted in religious superstition. It is very rarely medically necessary and offers absolutely no legitimate benefits at all. Sadly it became the cultural norm, and while I hope to see it go extinct as a practice, Herb has a very good point that banning it has dangerous potential. Just as banning abortion would result in back alley abortions, banning circumcision would almost certainly result in back alley cultists performing the deed. We must change the minds of those warped by such thinking and elevate the consciousness of society to the point where such practices are seen for what they are, frowned upon and abandoned.
Your assumption that circumcision is only for the religious is incorrect. There are several benefits to circumcision that have nothing to do with religion. I wouldn't say they place it at the level of a medical necessity, but its certainly nothing close to injecting oneself with an illegal drug.

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