Male circumcision is the removal of some or all of the foreskin around the penis.

There is controversy surrounding circumcision. Advocates for circumcision state that it provides important health advantages which outweigh the risks, has no substantial effects on sexual function, has a low complication rate when carried out by an experienced physician/Mohel, and is best performed during the neonatal period. Opponents of circumcision state that it is extremely painful, adversely affects sexual pleasure and performance, may increase the risk of certain infections, and when performed on infants and children violates the individual’s human rights.

A Christian Perspective

US Medical Viewpoint

About 50% of all US male babies are circumcised.  This number is higher than the global percentage (30%), but is actually on the decline.  Part of the decline in this procedure has come out of multiple medical professional organizations issuing statements in the last 10 years that state that there is no significant medical benefit to removing the foreskin of a healthy newborn in the United States.

HIV Prevention

In 2007, the World Health Organization and the US Center for Disease Control both issued statements citing recent studies in African countries that showed a decrease in HIV among circumcised males.

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/prevention/research/malecircumcision/index.html

Anti-Circumcision Evidence/Advocacy

There are numerous national and international organizations dedicated to educating and ending the practice of circumcision.  Concerns include trauma from pain during the procedure (anesthetic is not generally used on newborns due to safety issues), infections or other complications associated with the procedure, and adverse affects on sexual pleasure and function later in life.

More information on circumcision:

National Organization of Circumcision Resource Centers

Local Circumcision Resources:

Midwives do not generally perform circumcisions. We bring a Mohel Rabbi Michael Rovinsky in several times a year to do circumcisions for families that desire this procedure. You can find more information on him at www.easycircumcision.com

Kathy’s two cents worth: It’s the parents decision not mine. As believers, we are not required to do this, but it may be your individual preference.  (See James 1:5, I Corinthians 7:19, Genesis 21:4, Galatians 5:2-11, Galatians 2:3, and Romans 2:25-29.)