Non-Medical Circumcision Can Cause Complications

American Academy of Pediatrics

One is still wondering whether were Dr. Judith Palfrey, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Dr. Errol Alden, its Executive Director, part of the committee who took a decision on the appalling contents of the AAP's last policy statement.

However, under strong pressure, both of them recently opposed what one can consider a horrifying violation of the right to autonomy and physical integrity of the little Afro-American girls.

It has been reported in the New York Times by Pam Belluck that doctors have reversed their stance on the circumcision.

Following the policy statement that provoked the scandal, AAP's Committee admitted to the fact that circumcision was more extensive than the clitoris pinprick.

Taking a strong stand, the Dutch Royal Association of Medicine also issued a policy statement that strongly discouraged circumcision.

Reports claim that the official viewpoint of KNMG and other related medical/scientific organizations is that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is not only a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity but also detrimental to the children.

KNMG publicizes that contrary to the popular belief, circumcision does cause complications like bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks. Thus, KNMG is urging a strong policy of deterrence of the gross tradition.

It is reported that “KNMG is calling upon doctors to actively and insistently inform parents who are considering the procedure of the absence of medical benefits and the danger of complications".

Reports suggest that AAP is also advising its members against the non-medical circumcision.