Dutch Doctors Campaign Against Circumcision

From DutchNews.nl, Sept 14, 2011

“The Dutch doctors federation KNMG has again called on ministers, MPs and human rights organisations to speak out against the practice of circumcising young boys.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 boys are circumcised in the Netherlands every year, often on religious grounds and without anaesthetics, the organisation says. This is against human rights.

The intervention is not without risk and is increasingly being seen as ‘not normal’, the organisation says.”

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Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

4 thoughts on “Dutch Doctors Campaign Against Circumcision”

  1. I have two boys, my first was born almost 3 months to the day after having turned 21. I was uneducated about circumcisions and thought that it was the norm. While I did pay out of pocket to have my son anesthetization for it I wish now I hadn’t. When I got pregnant with my 2nd son 4 years ago I knew that even before I had the 20 week ultrasound that if I was carrying another boy this time I would NOT have him circumcised. My family was like why? He’ll be healthier in the long run, or they would say that he would be more at risk for bladder and kidney infections. I had to present to them the truth about the risks of circumcisions and how there was no medical proof that keeping my son unaltered would open a whole can of worms when it came to his urinary tract and eventually his sexual health. The bottom line is there is no need to have our sons circumcised and can do more harm than good. We all know that the tip of the penis has the most nerve endings in a male body, the foreskin is there to protect the whole shabang.

  2. I was only 19 when I had my first son over 7 years ago. Then I didnt even think twice when they brought me the waiver to sign to have him circ’d. Being so young and not really knowing any other moms at the time I had thought that was just another thing you are supposed to do. When it was done they did a very poor job of it- not full done. My pediatrician even told me there were a lot of babies born around him at that hospital with the same issue- where they only cut part of the skin. They actually asked us if we wanted to have him go back to have it re done. At that point I finally realized why bother- its just a piece of skin! We left him alone and I wish we had left him alone after birth! I had another son 6 months ago and this time we said in no way would we do this to him. I was on the side of definatly not having it done but my husband was still a little on the fence. I then showed him a video of the procedure being done on youtube. As soon as they started he was with me in saying it was horrible and unnecessary! I see the benefits of cleanliness but if that is the only real issue then we need to just make sure we teach our children to properly clean themselves. I have read how uncirc. men have a higher risk of STS’s but it really only even seemed previlant in areas with crazy high HIV type stats- and only wheen un protected. I plan to tach my children about safe sex and incourage them to wait until they know they they are in a good relationship. People need to look into the issue more before they just chop off a part that god gave their babies!

  3. I continue to be touched by parents who are confronting their circumcision mistake, and choosing to forgo the surgery for their second son.

  4. Congratulations to the Netherlands’ Royal Society of Medicine, who now join the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Cancer Society, The American Medical Association, The Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, The Australian College of Paediatrics, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The British Medical Association, and The Canadian Paediatric Society in opposing routine infant circumcision.

    Neonatal circumcision is a brutal and barbaric practice. It is a human rights violation to perform unnecessary elective surgery on an unconsenting participant.

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