Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

National Health Group Reaffirms Right of Infants to an Intact Body

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

National Health Group Reaffirms Right of Infants to an Intact Body

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SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA (March 7, 1989)-The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) announced today its support of the American Academy of Pediatrics' position that there are inherent risks in the surgical procedure of circumcision. We applaud the Academy for honestly reporting the inconclusive documentation in defense of the practice.

Last December, the Canadian Paediatric Society stood firm in its opposition to circumcision after reviewing this same research data.

The only two conclusive findings in the report are that babies do feel pain during the surgical procedure and that there are risks with anesthesia.

Unfortunately, adult male sexual dysfunction due to circumcision was not addressed by the report.

At the very least, NOCIRC affirms it is the right of every parent to be fully informed of the risks of the surgical procedure. NOCIRC's own research reveals that doctors who are biased towards circumcision are influenced by four factors: (1) the doctor is circumcised, (2) the doctor has sons who are circumcised, (3) the doctor has performed circumcisions, and (4) the doctor has colleagues who perform circumcisions.

The AAP emphasized the methodological flaws in the conclusion drawn by Dr. …

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