To Cut Or Not To Cut? CDC Issues Draft Recommendations On Circumcision

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It may be just a small flap of relatively lifeless skin — but the question of whether or not to remove it has long been the source of heated debate.

Of course, we're talking about circumcision — and the reaction to new draft recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is not actually telling parents to circumcise their baby boys, but it is saying that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks and that doctors should discuss those benefits with parents.

Circumcision opponents say the guidelines will only encourage a practice that they call outdated, unnecessary and barbaric.


Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

Dr. Marvin Wang, circumcision expert and co-director of the newborn nurseries at Massachusetts General Hospital.


CommonHealth: New Pro-Circumcision Guidelines: Cutting Comments, Adolescent Choice

  • "Just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued draft recommendations on male circumcision asserting that the health benefits outweigh the risks, more than 300 comments (and counting) have been posted on the agency’s website."

This segment aired on December 8, 2014.


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