Routine Infant Circumcision (RIC)is done in the US regardless of race, religion. It is commonly thought of as being cleaner, less risk of STD’s, and reduces cancer risks. First, it’s not cleaner to let an open wound sit in urine and feces, you wipe the penis like a finger (no retracting) forceful retraction causes tears and infections and drs are quick to say the infant needs circumcision. When the penis retracts which can be anywhere from 1-18 years old give or take, you just retract and take the two seconds to clean under the foreskin like a woman would do between her labia. Less risks of STD’s? No, that’s what a condom is for. What country has the most STD’s and routinely circumcise? The USA. The study was also a terrible study done in Africa as to where they got the statistics and it was done there because in the US it wouldn’t have been able to be done. Cancer risks? Why don’t we just cut off every part of the body that has cancerous risks?
The entire “they don’t use anesthesia because they think babies can’t feel pain” is somewhat true. Until I believe 1985 it was thought that babies couldn’t feel pain because crying is all they can do, they cry to eat, when they’re tired, whenever. So they’d preform open heart surgeries without anesthesia until they later realized they felt pain. A lot of parents say, “my son slept right through the procedure and a lot of times it’s because they go into shock from the pain and don’t react. It takes a bit for local anesthesia to kick in and in big hospitals or hospitals that are having a busy day, they don’t always wait for the anesthesia to fully kick in because they’re on a time crunch.
As for biblical circumcision, when it was done it was a very small piece and now it is a very large piece cut off. Also, Jesus was the last blood sacrifice so I don’t understand why people use it as a religious thing. For Jewish people, they can practice Brit Shalom which is the naming ceremony without circumcision.
It is so routinely done that on occasions parents were never asked if they wanted the circumcision and just went ahead and did it. They also bill circumcision on insurance because it’s so routinely done even though some weren’t even circumcised.
The circumcision is done sometimes immediately after birth, I couldn’t imagine having the most precious being in the world in my hands and be like ok he’s ready to get his penis mutilated. Some are even selfish enough to do it because they find intact penis unattractive and it disturbs me. Another reason is for them to match their dad, but I’d find it really weird if a dad was comparing penises to his son, I don’t ever remember comparing my vagina to my mothers.
If you want info, check out the documentary “American Circumcision” on Netflix, or “An Elephant in the Hospital” on Youtube. I really recommend joining the Facebook group, “Your Whole Baby: a community for learning”. I have one son, when we were in the hospital we were asked around 20 times if we wanted to circumcise and I was so angry. Why would I do that to him?? He is so perfect the way he is.