Fewer Newborn Boys Are Being Circumcised

“In the U.S., fewer newborn baby boys were circumcised before leaving the hospital compared to 30 years ago. What’s going on? In 1979, close to two-thirds of boys in the West underwent a hospital circumcision after birth, but by 2010 that percentage dropped to around 58%. The numbers come from the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report, which shows circumcision rates have dropped by 10% overall in the 32 year period. And it’s not just the U.S. that is experiencing fewer circumcisions; western nations in general are seeing drops, but  the CDC analysis also shows that rates have fluctuated widely in the U.S., and that there are regional differences in the popularity of the operation.”

The article claims a reason for the drop is doctor’s and experts flip-floping on whether or not circumcision is worthwhile. Could it be due to a decrease in religious affiliation?

via TIME


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