The American Academy of Pediatrics announced that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision.
Lauren Sardi, an assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University, has performed extensive research on what parents consider when deciding whether to circumcise their sons. She also has looked into what types of information OB/GYN and pediatricians gave their patients about circumcision and how the informed consent process takes place in hospital settings.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics’ favorable stance on circumcision is based on studies conducted in Africa from 2005-2007,” Sardi said. “While proponents argue that routinized circumcision will cut down on healthcare costs associated with sexually transmitted infections and related cancers, opponents argue that real world evidence contradicts this stance and that the human rights of children are violated when they are cut without their consent.”