Yet another tragedy from my Facebook news feed...
It breaks my heart every time I read these and parents are begging online for "prayers."
Did doctors not tell them what the risks of newborn circumcision are?
Did these parents do any research concerning what they were going to allow on their perfectly healthy newborn son?
If they are asking for "prayers," the family is most likely Christian. Are they not aware that circumcising a child is not a Christian virtue?
NO ONE should be asking for "prayers" regarding these perfectly preventable tragedies.
Here are the risks doctors should be warning EVERY PARENT about.
The risks of circumcision include infection complications, including MRSA, herpes and gangrene, a botched operation that may need correction later on, an aesthetically displeasing result for which there can be no correction (e.g. such as too much skin removed, pulling up hairy skin onto the shaft, uneven scars etc...), partial or full ablation of the glans (head of the penis) if not the entire shaft itself, hemorrhage (HELLO???) and even death.
Circumcision is not medically necessary in a healthy newborn; it is purely elective, cosmetic surgery.
In most other cases, performing non-medical surgery on healthy, non-consenting individuals constitutes medical fraud. In children, it is deliberate child abuse.
Without medical or clinical indication, how is it that doctors are performing non-medical surgery on healthy, non-consenting minors, let alone eliciting any kind of "decision" from parents?
These are circumcision cases that manage to surface on Facebook.
Consider that there are other cases which, for reasons of shame or protection, remain secret.
The cases presented here and otherwise were perfectly preventable.
Otherwise healthy children don't need to be put at any of these risks.
Given that male infant circumcision is elective, non-medical surgery, how is it conscionable that any number of botches, complications and deaths is deemed "acceptable?"
When is American Medicine going to come clean about non-medically indicated infant circumcision?
Saving Our Sons is an intactivist non-profit organization engaged in an effort to provide parents and practitioners with research-based information on intact care and circumcision. Visit their homepage or like them on Facebook.