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2 Babies Get Herpes After Jewish Circumcision Ritual

Ancient ritual involves sucking blood from wound, spitting it aside

(Newser) - An ancient and now rare type of circumcision called metzitzah b'peh, which is sometimes performed by Orthodox Jews on newborn boys, appears to be behind the spread of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to two newborns in New York this month. Both boys were born to mothers who... More »

Man Sues Hospital After Surprise Penis Amputation

It was supposed to be a routine circumcision, but something went terribly wrong

(Newser) - Oops. An Alabama man may have just experienced one of man's worst nightmares—he awoke from surgery stunned to find that his penis had been amputated. In a lawsuit he and his wife filed against a hospital and two doctors, Johnny Lee Banks Jr. says he'd gone in... More »

5 Anti-Circumcision Celebs

These stars have all spoken out against the practice

(Newser) - It's a controversial decision to make for your child, and a lot of parents feel strongly about it—one way or another. No, it's not vaccines, it's circumcision—and The Stir rounds up 10 celebrities who are against it. A sampling:
  • Alicia Silverstone: In her new book
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Parents Battle Over Toddler's Foreskin

3-year-old's mother doesn't want him circumcised, but his father does

(Newser) - The fate of a 3-year-old boy's foreskin is playing out in Florida's courtrooms. The boy's mother, Heather Hironimus, doesn't want him circumcised, but father Dennis Nebus disagrees, reports the Broward-Palm Beach New Times . The two never married, but when they broke up in 2011, they signed... More »

Rabbi Botches Bris, Cuts Off Penis

Orthodox ceremony in Pittsburgh goes horribly wrong

(Newser) - An orthodox rabbi in Pittsburgh is being sued for accidentally severing a baby's penis during a traditional bris ceremony, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg allegedly botched the bris eight months ago, forcing the baby to be hospitalized for almost two months and undergo six blood transfusions. But doctors... More »

Mom Fined $140 a Day for Not Circumcising Son

Israeli woman says she doesn't want to 'mutiliate' her child, despite court ruling

(Newser) - A strange case is playing out in Israel over a woman's refusal to circumcise her son. In what Haaretz calls a "precedent-setting decision," a rabbinical court has levied a fine of $140 a day for each day she does not circumcise him. The bill is currently at... More »

Germany Protects Circumcision

Lawmakers affirm right to procedure after court case

(Newser) - German lawmakers took the unusual move today of reaffirming the right to have baby boys circumcised, reports Reuters . The move came after a local court in Cologne banned the practice for health and safety reasons, prompting Jewish and Muslim groups to call the court decision discriminatory. No nation outlaws the... More »

Pediatricians: Boys Better Off Circumcised

Group also recommends insurance cos pay for circumcisions

(Newser) - The health benefits of newborn circumcision—including reduced chances of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and the transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV—outweigh the risks, according to a policy statement published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In an update to its 13-year-old policy, reports the... More »

As Circumcision Rates Fall, Health Care Costs Jump

Medicaid shouldn't drop procedure, researchers say

(Newser) - American health care costs could be snipped significantly if the fall in circumcision rates was reversed, a new study claims. Around 55% of baby boys in the US are circumcised (down from 79% three decades ago), and 18 states have reduced funding for the procedure. If levels fall to Europe'... More »

German Court Bans Circumcision

Religious groups cry foul

(Newser) - A court banned the circumcision of young boys in Cologne, Germany, ruling yesterday that the child's "fundamental right to bodily integrity" trumped their parents' right to religious freedom. The case centered around a 4-year-old Muslim boy who developed medical complications after he was circumcised, the New York Times... More »

Man Sues Hospital for Circumcising Him as Baby

Dean Cochrun only recently learned he had undergone procedure

(Newser) - A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess. Dean Cochrun, 28, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.... More »

Circumcision Could Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer

Findings may be tied to reduced infection rates

(Newser) - There may be a new weapon in the fight against prostate cancer: circumcision. A study finds that men circumcised before their first time having sex had a 15% lower risk of the disease, NPR reports. That could be because cancer can be linked to infection. Prostate inflammation caused by an... More »

Baby's Herpes Death Linked to Circumcision

Baby believed to have gotten herpes from ceremony

(Newser) - A two-week-old baby who died last year from a circumcision ritual contracted a deadly case of herpes from the ceremony, reports the New York Daily News . The city medical examiner said that the cause of death was “disseminated herpes simplex virus Type 1, complicating ritual circumcision with oral suction.... More »

Calif. Bans Circumcision Bans

Assemblyman boasts he's protecting 'parental rights'

(Newser) - The state of California has snipped San Francisco's uppity bid to erect a ban on circumcision. Any such ban is now banned in a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Ban backers had collected nearly 8,000 signatures to put the measure to a vote in the city in... More »

Judge Chops SF Circumcision Vote

Proposal to ban male circumcision struck from ballot

(Newser) - A judge has snipped a proposal to ban male circumcision from San Francisco's November ballot. The judge said the proposal—which would have made it a crime to circumcise males under the age of 18 unless there was "a clear, compelling and immediate medical need"—violated religious... More »

States Drop Circumcision Funds From Medicaid

The latest, Colorado, will save $186,500 a year

(Newser) - A nationwide debate about circumcisions for newborn boys, combined with cash-strapped public health budgets, has Colorado taking sides with 17 other states that no longer fund Medicaid coverage of the once widely accepted procedure. For years, Colorado lawmakers considered doing away with funding for circumcisions under Medicaid—a move that... More »

'My Husband's Circumcision Saved My Life'

It prevented me from getting his HIV: Diane Cole

(Newser) - Circumcision haters are out in force these days, with a vote coming later this year in San Francisco on whether to ban the practice entirely . But opponents overlook the health benefits that circumcision brings, specifically how it cuts down on the transmission of HIV, writes Diane Cole in the Wall ... More »

SF to Vote on Circumcision Ban

Ban on snipping under-18s makes it onto November ballot

(Newser) - San Franciscans are indeed going to be the first American voters asked to decide on giving circumcision the chop. "Intactivists" have succeeded in getting a proposal to ban the circumcision of males under 18 onto the November ballot, reports the AP . The proposal would make performing a circumcision—even... More »

NYC Toddler Dies After Circumcision

Jamaal Coleson Jr.'s family demand answers

(Newser) - A toddler died a month shy of his second birthday after a routine circumcision at a Manhattan hospital. Jamaal Coleson Jr.'s uncle accuses Beth Israel Medical Center of botching the operation by giving the boy a general analgesic instead of a local one. Jamaal, who died 10 hours... More »

San Francisco May Vote on Circumcision Ban

Activists submit signatures for ballot initiative

(Newser) - Is San Francisco about to cut out circumcision? A group of "intactivists" hope so; they’ve submitted 12,265 signatures to the city’s Department of Elections in a bid to get a ban on the practice placed on the ballot this November, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. If... More »

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