Only in the U.S.A., 58% are being circumcised. This  procedure is considered medically “questionable, unproven and irrelevant”  by an independent international panel

circumcision hypothetical benefits

Incidence of circumcision in the world. Africa, Asia, the U.S. and Australia. WHO data

A hotly debated issue is concerning the ethics of circumcision of boys when they are unable to give their informed consent for the procedure. It is clear that the debate on this issue is far from over. Even when circumcision hypothetical benefits are questioned by specialists.

Are circumcision benefits supported by science?

The controversy stems from the circumcision hypothetical benefits, including protection from contracting the HIV virus, genital herpes, genital warts, penile cancer and even some infections of the genital tract, all claims which are questionable, unproven and irrelevant in the context of public health in Western countries as said: “an independent international panel—composed of 38 leading pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, urologists, medical ethicists and heads of hosp circumcision hypothetical benefits ital boards and children’s health societies” (Journal Medical Ethics 39; 418-420).

Circumcision skepticism even in religious communities

The article also affirms that “the overall balance of opinion may be shifting towards one of circumcision skepticism, even within religious communities…what is needed now is productive and respectful dialogue moving forward…” Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend routine circumcision (read HERE).

Our bioethics assessment 

Based on these considerations, it does not seem ethically correct to subject boys to an irreversible surgical procedure before they can decide for themselves.

U.S. circumcision rate obtained from NCHS



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