Argument: Circumcision better done as infant than later in life

Issue Report: Infant male circumcision


Edgar J. Schoen, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics. “Risk and Complications of Circumcision”. Opposing Views: “Newborns are metabolically best suited for the operation, they heal very quickly, and the surgery is most easily done at this age, with the lowest complication rate. Complications in infants are generally slight with an incidence of about 0.2-0.4 %. At older ages the procedure takes longer, healing is slower and the complication rate, with generally mild problems, is about 10 times higher at 2-4%.”

Michael Benatar. “How Not to Argue About Circumcision”. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2003 – “it is far from clear that non-circumcision leaves open a future person’s options in every regard.”