It began simply by reading the medical literature myself so I could more confidently explain the risks and benefits to parents. However, when I read the literature, I realized that the purported benefits simply didn't make sense and the risks were not ethically acceptable.
I’m a bit depressed. Our midwife gave me a book about circumcision. I’ve started the book and can’t put it down. I’m not sure that I’ll ever fully recover. The book tells me that the foreskin is like an eyelid protecting the sensitive mucous
By Paul M. Fleiss Increasing numbers of American parents today are protecting their sons from routine circumcision at birth, but as their boys grow up, they often find themselves at odds with doctors who cling to old-fashioned opinions and hospital routines. I often
By Karen Burka Issue 132, September/October 2005 Routine infant circumcision continues to be the most commonly performed surgery on children in the US, with about 1.2 million newborn boys circumcised each year.1 The US also continues to be the only industrialized nation that circumcises
By Stacey Greenberg Web Exclusive In the land before children, my husband and I had many a circumcision debate over dinner and drinks with friends. I always humored him as he made the comparison between circumcision and female genital mutilation, secretly knowing that
By Paul M. Fleiss Issue 85, Winter 1997 In one of our most-requested articles, Mothering explores why circumcision is hardly ever necessary, and how parents can empower themselves to avoid ceding to the “claims” of the billion-dollar-a-year circumcision industry. Western countries have no tradition
Marilyn Milos is the compassionate nurse who founded NOCIRC, the National Organization of Circumcision Info and Resource Centers. Here Milos speaks of her early motivations, influences, and remembers humanist Ashley Montagu.
A German court ruling stating that ”circumcision of young boys represents grievous bodily harm,” is causing worldwide controversy. “A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that parents could not have boys circumcised unless there is an urgent medical need,” reported the New York Times, who has has opened a debate section
Issue 153 – March/April 2009 by Peggy O’Mara, Editor and Publisher As a new reader of Mothering in 1977, I was especially interested in the letters about circumcision and vaccinations. In fact, one of the first things I did when I bought the
By Candace Walsh Issue 140, January/February 2007 When I got back from Africa, folks wanted to know why I’d gone there. When I told them it was to attend Equality Now’s annual conference on female genital mutilation (FGM), the conversation invariably bumped up against