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Michelle Teheux: Proposed circumcision ban brings discussion

We don’t let parents decide to give their infants tattoos or similar body modifications. We quite rightly say these sorts of decisions should only be made by the individual upon adulthood...

Michelle Teheux
Michelle Teheux photo courtesy: Pekin Daily Times

(HAWLEY, Pa.) - The proposed circumcision ban in San Francisco has at least accomplished one thing: It has brought attention to an issue that is seldom talked about outside childbirth and parenting circles.

We got a letter to the editor from a reader upset about the proposed ban. People are talking about it, and that’s a good thing.

There are several questions to talk about. First, do parents have a right to make the decision to remove a healthy, functioning body part from their infant? If so, why is it OK to operate on the healthy genitals of a male but not a female? What about Jews and others who believe they must circumcise for religious reasons? And how did circumcision for anything but religious reasons ever become the norm?

Whole books have been written on this subject, and I’ve read many of them over the last two decades that I’ve been a mother.

If I had a dime for every mother who has told me she bitterly regrets circumcising her son after learning more about it, well, I wouldn’t be retired, but I’d at least be able to buy a nice dinner.

There’s simply no reason other than, perhaps, heartfelt religious belief to even consider putting a tender newborn through a painful and unnecessary procedure that will have profound effects on his future sex life.

We don’t let parents decide to give their infants tattoos or similar body modifications. We quite rightly say these sorts of decisions should only be made by the individual upon adulthood.

We should let males decide whether they wish to have their foreskins removed once they’re grown up. My guess is very few would make the choice to have the most sexually sensitive part of their body removed, but it would be their choice to make.

Editor Michelle Teheux may be reached at mteheux@pekintimes.com.

Republished with permission, special thanks to: The News Eagle




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Anonymous July 1, 2011 10:31 am (Pacific time)

Chasley...I dont know, maybe I just never thought about it. What I AM outraged at tho is something that I cant figure out why others are not outraged about. The lies of 911 to bring on a tyranical country, and more wars, the TSA touching private parts, the chemtrails poisoning the air, GMO food poisoning, flouride poisoning in our water, vaccines that kill and actually damage the immune system, the airport backscanners that are giving the TSA agents cancer at alarming rates, the wars of aggression, the failed war on drugs, poverty, terror, that were never put in place to succeed but to control and bring a world government....the banksters who are bringing our country down, and the 99% in DC that go along with it for campaign donations, etc. Seems I have other things to concern myself with. If people want to be all concerned about a little skin taken off their penis, thats fine, but I have other things to deal with. ALtho, I still say "circumcision should not be the standard, and I hope we can make more people aware thru education rather than legislation" Legislation just makes things worse. In most cases.


gp June 30, 2011 4:38 pm (Pacific time)

Circumcision is a terrible stress to most babies. I have witnessed and participated in hundreds of these as part of my former job as an OB nurse. One of my colleagues quite rightly called it torture and refused to participate on ethical grounds and was fired by the biggest health care provider in Oregon. Guess who? the same mega corporation that bans birth control information to postpartum women.


chasley51 June 30, 2011 3:39 pm (Pacific time)

god bless you for having the brains and B#%%@ to state your opinion on this infant mutilation. as to the commenter who does not care that he was circumsized, how could you not care? i am outraged that this was done to me without my knowledge or consent!


Anonymous June 30, 2011 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

As mentioned, I am circumsized, and I dont really care, but after considerable research, I think that circumcision should not be a standard. I would hope my research would lead to education rather than legislation...

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