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Last week, a judge in Florida decided that a 4-year old boy would be forced to undergo a circumcision against the wishes of his mother. And honestly, if you could explain it to him in a way he’d understand, I’m pretty sure it would be against his wishes as well.
The story is this: shortly after the child was born, his parents separated. They wrote up a parenting contract in which it was stated that the father would be responsible for scheduling and paying for the boy’s circumcision. However, by the time the father scheduled the procedure, the mother had done her research and decided she was opposed to having her son cut. For several years now, the issue has been in the court system.
What the mother realized is that circumcision is completely unnecessary in the majority of cases. Yes, sometimes there are problems in which the foreskin must be removed, as in some cases of severe inflammation, but for the vast majority of men, the foreskin is a perfectly normal part of the body.
There’s also the argument that circumcision prevents the spread of HIV. When talking about educated men in the developed world, this is an utterly bullshit argument. A study found that circumcision may reduce the chances of HIV infection by 38–66%. Let me put this to you: if I told you that you could reduce your chances of getting HIV by about 100% by putting on a condom, or by about 50% by cutting off a piece of your penis, which would you choose?
There are also some studies to suggest it may reduce the chances of HPV infection and penile cancer. There are also studies that show you can reduce your chances of breast cancer by having both your breasts removed, but no one argues we should remove the breasts of infants just in case. In fact, the best way to prevent cancer in an infant is to have an abortion. You’re effectively cutting off all the parts that could ever develop cancer. It’s foolproof!
The little boy in Florida right now runs a 4% risk of severe adverse events from this ridiculous and unnecessary procedure. The most common complications include the removal of too much or too little of the foreskin, excessive bleeding, and infection.
Here’s a site where you can help contribute to the mother’s legal costs, and also a Change.org petition you can sign.