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$31M Awarded to Boy After Botched Circumcision

A team of medical professionals was found liable

(Newser) - A Georgia boy has been given a multi-million dollar award after a botched circumcision left him disfigured permanently just days after his birth. Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution , the unnamed boy was awarded $31 million by a Clayton County jury on Friday. The boy's family had filed suit against... More »

Iceland Poised to Ban Circumcision of Boys

Children's rights trump religious rights, advocates say

(Newser) - The world's oldest parliament will soon be debating Europe's first ban on circumcising male children for non-medical reasons—a tradition campaigners call "male genital mutilation." The bill before Iceland's parliament proposes a six-year prison sentence for anybody removing part or all of a child's... More »

Amazon Pulls Product That May Promote 'Unnecessary Surgery'

British secular group complained about circumcision kits

(Newser) - British people hoping to order circumcision training kits from Amazon as bizarre last-minute Christmas gifts are out of luck. The retailer removed the kits from its British website after a complaint from the country's National Secular Society that it could "encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery... More »

Danish Doctors: If He's Under 18, Don't Circumcise

They think a male should be able to make the decision for himself

(Newser) - "To be circumcised should be an informed, personal choice," or so thinks the Danish Medical Association, which on Friday issued its recommendation that no boy under age 18 in the country be circumcised. Going that route then leaves the door open for the male to make a decision... More »

Think Circumcised Penises Are Less Sensitive? Think Again

Scientists put the myth to the test, find 'no significant differences'

(Newser) - Men who are circumcised as infants are no less sensitive than those who keep their foreskin. At least this is what Queen's University scientists are reporting in the Journal of Urology after testing 62 men between the ages of 18 and 37, half of whom had been circumcised as... More »

Mom Tearfully Agrees in Court to Son's Circumcision

Heather Hironimus was jailed over opposition to it

(Newser) - A parental battle over a boy's circumcision came to an emotional end in a Florida courtroom today when Heather Hironimus reluctantly agreed to let the procedure take place. Hironimus has been jailed for a week over her opposition to the circumcision, and she relented only when a judge informed... More »

Mother Jailed in Dispute Over Son's Circumcision

She'd gone into hiding with the boy

(Newser) - A Florida mother has been jailed for the better part of a week over her attempts to keep her 4-year-old son from being circumcised. Heather Hironimus went into hiding with the boy after losing a court battle over the decision to the boy's father, but she was arrested Thursday... More »

Mom in Hiding Over Son's Circumcision Is Arrested

Warrant was issued for Heather Hironimus' arrest after she failed to appear in court

(Newser) - A Florida mom whose refusal to permit her son to be circumcised led her to go into hiding for nearly 3 months was arrested for contempt of court yesterday. Heather Hironimus has been battling with Dennis Nebus, the father of her 4-year-old son Chase, because Nebus wants Chase circumcised and... More »

Cops: Man Tried to Circumcise Baby Nephew

Allegedly took knife to 20-month-old while dad was out

(Newser) - A Florida dad who left his sleeping toddler with two of his brothers-in-law while he picked up some groceries Saturday evening came home to a horror scene after police say one of the baby's uncles tried to circumcise the 20-month-old with a knife, the Ocala Star-Banner reports. Larry Leroy... More »

CDC: Male Circumcision Worth the Risks

Feds finally release long-awaited draft guidelines

(Newser) - To snip or not to snip? Male circumcision carries "low" risks but has "dramatic" benefits, according to draft guidelines released by the CDC yesterday. The long-awaited guidelines say that the procedure can greatly reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for heterosexual men, reports Reuters... More »

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 »

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