Night Nurse- I had a big problem with the way these statistics were forced out into the public eye. I also have a lot of trouble believing them, and because they do not count outpatient circumcision- which currently does make up a large portion of circumcisions. But the fact remains, little is known about true circumcision statistics...at least not in one easy to understand database. Statistics on circumcision, the complications and the deaths should be compiled. There is no excuse for a situation like in the AAP policy on circumcision, that for the past 13 years has said, "The incidence of complications is unknown"
I have seen in the year since these Vienna stats were forced out to the public, that many people on parenting boards who are not activists, say, "I have heard the rate is well under 50% now so the locker room argument just doesn't hold true anymore." Because so much of circumcision was driven by peer pressure (of parents) to conform, this statistic has done a lot of good in opening the door for parents to question circumcision, when they used to feel obligated to do it and could not even consider the alternative. I see more parents than ever before on mainstream boards saying they will not circumcise....and the ones who say they will do it to conform, are being corrected that their son, if circumcised, may be in the minority.