Year after year tens of millions of babies have the ends of their penises ripped off their flesh using pliers. This attached skin does not come off easily and ripping it off leaves holes and scars in the underlying sensitive tissue. The consequence of removing the most sensitive parts of the male penis are overwhelmingly negative.
The foreskin is an important part of male anatomy, and circumcision has serious negative consequences for not only the man, but his female partner as well. A study in 2007 by Sorrells, et al., measured the fine-touch sensitivity of 17 different places on the male genitalia, both circumcised and intact. This study concluded that “circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of [male anatomy].”
Intact America has just published an excellent response in which they explain the flaws and bias in this new AAP statement.
“After reviewing the currently available evidence, the RACP believes that the frequency of diseases modifiable by circumcision, the level of protection offered by circumcision and the complication rates of circumcision do not warrant routine infant circumcision in Australia and New Zealand.” — Circumcision of Male Infants. Sydney: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2010.
“there is no convincing evidence that circumcision is useful or necessary in terms of prevention or hygiene” and “non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors conflicts with the child’s right to autonomy and physical integrity.” – 2010, the Royal Dutch Medical Association
[More statements by doctors can be found here]
A concerned mom writes – “Regardless of these studies (that were conducted in Africa!), I am still 100% confident in our decision to keep our son intact. I trust nature and the rest of the first world. I also trust that we will raise him to bathe regularly and practice safe sex. It’s a non-issue. For us, the benefits did NOT outweigh the risks. Babies DO die as a result of blood loss and complications from the surgery, and that was not a risk we were willing to take with our newborn. Also, please google “botched circumcisions” and tell me if THAT is a risk you would be willing to take.”