Thursday, January 31, 2013

E-mail to Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Here is the e-mail that I sent to Dr. Laura Schlessinger January 31, 2013 through the Email Dr. Laura link on her website.

I have been a listener and fan of your show since the late 1990s. I was horrified at the advice you gave your caller yesterday. Parents must protect their children from harm. Your advice telling a caller to circumcise her son seems out of place for you.

Your comparison of male circumcision to other parenting decisions such as vaccines and discipline was inaccurate. Male circumcision removes 50% of the skin of the penis and 20,000 nerves. Vaccines do not permanently remove healthy tissue from the body. Neither do parenting choices relating to discipline. Your analogy did not make sense.

Circumcision is a violent surgery that involves giving the child an erection, tearing the foreskin from the glans, crushing, and cutting. Please go see a video if you don't believe me. Anesthesia is only used 45% of the time. The baby is strapped down and oftentimes soils himself.

The claims of "health" and "medical benefits" are dubious at best. The following article helps to clarify:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/more-circumcision-myths-you-may-believe-hygiene-and-stds

Circumcision removes the most sensitive parts of the penis:

http://www.nocirc.org/touch-test/bju_6685.pdf

The recent study on the benefit of male circumcision in reducing HIV has been discredited due to unscientific methods used:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22320006

A recent US Navy study showed no health benefits to male circumcision.

Sunat, a muslim tradition that removes the female prepuce is common in southeast Asia and is typically described as less invasive than the male form. Certainly, you are not OK with that?

http://www.mummysg.com/forums/f40/have-you-sunat-your-girls-29826/

But again, thsese muslim female parents are advocating "parent's choice" just as you were doing for male circumcision.

The truth is that male circumcision is an ethical issue, not a medical one. It is not ethical to remove healthy, erogenous tissue from any child without consent. It's not OK for girls, and it's not OK for boys either.

The worldwide medical community generally regards male circumcision as an ethical violation. 70% of the world's men are intact with the US being one of the few that practices circumcision for non-religious reasons. No medical organization in the world (AAP included) recommends routine infant circumcision.

Regards

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