Should circumcision be banned in the US? | The Tylt

Should circumcision be banned in the US?

Though 56 percent of newborn boys are circumcised in the U.S., the procedure is blasted as medically unnecessary and harmful, and the number of American parents opting out of circumcising their children grows annually. Only 30 percent of boys worldwide are circumcised. Some cultures do it for religious reasons; others argue it's necessary for health and hygiene, but the medical benefits of foreskin removal are negligible at best. Sweden and Denmark have banned the practice. Should the U.S. do the same? Scroll to read more and vote!

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Anti-circumcision groups, also known as "intactivists," decry the procedure as a mutilation of an infant's genitals that causes emotional trauma and sexual dysfunction. A baby can't provide consent to the procedure.
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Religion and hygiene are two of the arguments for circumcision, but those arguments hold less and less water in an increasingly secular and medically informed society.
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Because circumcision is a religious ritual in Judaism, religious freedom issues are brought up in the arguments around circumcision.
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At Fusion, Charlotte Shane says most parents circumcise their children because they fear their boys will be ridiculed if their penises are different from their peers.
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Sex advice columnist Dan Savage doesn't buy the locker-room argument, especially as fewer and fewer American parents are choosing to circumcise their children. While he doesn't advocate for banning the procedure, he thinks circumcision should be left up to boys when they're old enough to decide—their bodies, their choice.
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