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American Academy Of Pediatrics Says Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

Shifting its stance, the pediatricians' group now says the benefits of circumcising boys to protect against disease outweighs the risk, but that the decision should be up to parents.

The New York Times: Benefits Of Circumcision Are Said To Outweigh Risks
The American Academy of Pediatrics has shifted its stance on infant male circumcision, announcing on Monday that new research, including studies in Africa suggesting that the procedure may protect heterosexual men against H.I.V., indicated that the health benefits outweighed the risks (Rabin, 8/27).

Los Angeles Times: Pediatricians' Group Shifts In Favor Of Circumcision
The American Academy of Pediatrics has shifted its official position on the contentious issue of infant circumcision, stating Monday that the medical benefits of the procedure for baby boys outweigh the small risks (Brown, 8/26).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks And Insurers Should Pay; Pediatricians Revise Stance
The nation's most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks and insurance companies should pay for it. In its latest policy statement on circumcision, a procedure that has been declining nationwide, the American Academy of Pediatrics moves closer to an endorsement but says the decision should be up to parents (8/27).

WBUR: Influential AAP Says Health Benefits Of Circumcision Trumps Risk
The American Academy of Pediatrics new policy statement today asserting that the health benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks will inevitably set off a firestorm of reaction. Even while the pediatrics group continued to reiterate in their paper that circumcision is a personal family decision best left up to "parents in consultation with their child's doctor" folks who oppose the procedure and equate it with genital mutilation will certainly not be pleased (Zimmerman, 8/27).

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