Male Infant Circumcision ( Mic ) Is The Most Common Surgical Procedure

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Male infant circumcision (MIC) is the most common surgical procedure in the world. In 2011, it was estimated that one-third of the world’s men were circumcised, according to the World Health Organization. A study by Dan Bollinger in the Journal of Boyhood Studies states that every year in the United States, over one million newborn infant males are circumcised (76). The infant has no choice in the outcome of his body. The only justification for the removal of the foreskin should be a medical emergency. MIC procedures conducted on neonates are not consensual and violate his bodily rights. However, many studies claim that a circumcision is healthy and beneficial. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published the latest “Circumcision Policy Statement” in 2012, and stated, “Although health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns, the benefits of circumcision are sufficient to justify access to this procedure for families choosing it and to warrant third-party payment for circumcision of male newborns.” The policy change was in response to studies that showed that there was a reduction in the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), penile cancer, and urinary tract infections (UTIs) in circumcised males. But, the value of the benefits must outweigh the risks. The risks of MIC range from discomfort to death while the benefits do not prevent an immediate threat to life, and the conditions can…

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