International physicians protest against AAP’s policy on infant male circumcision

Circumcision conflicts with children’s rights and doctors’ oath and can have serious long-term consequences, state an international group of 38 physicians from 16 European countries in Pediatrics today. They comment on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy on infant male circumcision.

There are no compelling health arguments in favor of circumcision, while it can have serious long-term urological, psychological and sexual consequences. And performing medically unwarranted circumcision of underage boys conflicts with good medical practice. Male infant circumcision conflicts with children’s rights and the doctors’ oath not to do harm.

This is the main message of an international group of doctors in reaction to the policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), issued in August 2012, promoting non-therapeutic circumcision of boys. In an article in the scientific journal Pediatrics today, the authors comment on this policy and state that physicians and their professional organizations should discourage parents from having their healthy infant boys circumcised. …

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