For the first time, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is poised to deliver an official recommendation on whether or not to circumcise baby boys. Simultaneously, the American Academy of Pediatrics may revise its position:
Says the Washington Post,
The two evaluations, which are nearing completion, come in the wake of new research indicating that the procedure has more health benefits than previously thought, including reducing the risk for getting the AIDS virus and contracting other sexually transmitted diseases.
Critics, however, are unlikely to be swayed in the emotionally-charged debate, and the battle is likely to rage on regardless of official outcome.
"People care way too much about this little piece of skin," said Mark Alanis of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, who has written a history of circumcision. "At the end of the day, it's unlikely to significantly change your child's life for better or worse."
That said, does any parent want to feel she's either mutilated her child needlessly - or put him at risk for disease? And that's to say nothing of the religious and cultural implications! There's a lot more going on here than "a little piece of skin."
Debate On Circumcision Heightened As CDC Evaluates Surgery [Washington Post]