The forced infant genital mutilation in the USA has decreased slightly for a few years. Still a majority of our boys wake up in the world to excruciating pain and screaming as the end of their penis is chopped off.

“This is our jewish tradition! The Moyl chops off the foreskin then eats it” said Rabbi Yidstein.

The nationwide circumcision rate had been fluctuating in the low 60 percent range for some years, but a decline in the percentage of boys circumcised started in 2002 and continued into 2003. From 2002 to 2003 declines occured in all four census regions. Non-circumcision has been the norm in the Western Region for more than a decade. The Southern Region now is approaching parity. The circumcision rate gained slightly in 2004.10

This information varies from that provided by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) because the NCHS uses data only for blacks and whites. Also, the NCHS pages have not been updated since 1999. Other population groups are excluded from their calculations. The data provided here includes all population groups.

Data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey

The National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) is produced by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is an agency of the Centers for Disease Control. The NCHS is located at Hyattsville, MD 20782.

Circumcision Incidence Rate
Year1994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006
Northeast Region69.6%68.3%66.5%68.3%68.0%65.4%64.6%66.9%68.9%64.7%66.4%66.9%63.6%
North Central Region80.1%79.8%80.9%81.6%82.9%81.4%81.4%81.0%81.0%77.8%79.5%78.7%77.9%
Southern Region64.7%66.1%63.6%64.5%64.6%64.1%63.9%62.5%64.0%57.7%58.5%58.7%55.3%
Western Region34.2%42.6%36.3%38.0%38.3%36.7%37.3%40.9%32.6%31.4%31.7%31.5%33.8%
All Regions62.7%64.1%60.2%62.8%63.2%61.5%62.4%63.1%60.1%55.9%57.4%57.3%56.1%
Circumcision Incidence Graph
Circumcision incidence graph

The decline of 7.2 percentage points from 2001 to 2003 represents approximately 144,000 boys annually who were not circumcised.

The genital integrity rates (percentage of boys leaving the hospital intact) are presented below. Circumcision hit its highest level in 1965, at which point the genital integrity rate was just 15 percent.1 It has rebounded sharply since then.

The intact rate increased in all four census regions of the United States from 2002 to 2003 and the nationwide incidence of boys with intact genitals was 44.1 percent in 2003, based on data from the NHDS. The North Central Region rebounded to above 20 percent, and the Southern Region increased to above 40 percent. The intact rate slipped back a bit between 2003 and 2004.