Circumcision: Not A Recommended Procedure


Specific Purpose: To convince the audience that routine infant circumcision should not be performed.


Central Idea: At the conclusion of my speech, I want the audience to realize that circumcision is currently on a decline in America and is not a common practice throughout the world, it is no longer recommended for medical or hygienic reasons, and it causes the infant to feel much pain.


Introduction






I. (Attention Getter) "I’m sobbing. The baby’s screaming. The doctor’s cutting. There’s blood everywhere. And the doctor looked into my face and said, "There’s no medical reason for doing this." This quote is from Marilyn Milos, RN, and executive director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), reflecting her experience of assisting a circumcision of a newborn boy. (Quote obtained from web site http://www.sexuallymutilatedchild.org)



II. (Audience Adaptation) Many of us will become parents at some time in our lives and we all know people, or will know people, who are expecting a baby. Expectant parents must decide if they want their baby circumcised, should it be a boy.



III. (Purpose) Tonight I’m going to explain to you why I believe that routine infant circumcision should not be performed.



IV. (Preview) I will cover three aspects of circumcision that help illustrate why it is not a good practice.


A. First, Circumcision is currently on a decline in America and is not a common practice throughout the world.


B. Second, it is no longer recommended for medical or hygienic reasons.


C. Finally, it causes the infant to feel much pain.


Transition: How common or uncommon circumcision has become is a factor in whether or not parents decide to have their baby circumcised. People tend to go with the flow and many people want their child to look like other boys in the locker room.


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o In America, circumcision is currently on a decline and the practice is not common throughout the world.


o According to articles in the magazines Men’s health and Mothering: The Magazine of Natural Family Living, the neonatal, or newborn, circumcision rate in the western US is currently down to 34% and rates are higher in other parts of the country, but are dropping.

o According to the article in the Men’s Health Magazine titled "Separated at Birth: Did Circumcision Ruin Your Sex Life?" by the time a baby boy born today takes his first junior high shower, he may be in the minority if he’s circumcised.
o This decline in the circumcision rate may surprise American men, most of which were born during a time when about 90% of baby boys were circumcised- with or without their parents’ consent. This is according to the article in Mothering Magazine titled "Where is my Foreskin? The Case Against Circumcision" by Paul M. Fleiss, MD.
o The Mothering Magazine article also states that "circumcision is almost unheard of in Europe, South America, and non-Muslim Asia. In fact, only 10 to 15% of men throughout the world are circumcised. The vast majority of whom are Muslim."

o According to an article titled "The Benefits of Being Intact" found on the web site for the organization "Doctors Opposing Circumcision" (D.O.C.) at http://faculty.washington.edu/gcd/DOC, routine infant circumcision is not recommended by any national health organization in the world and the U.S. is the only country that circumcises most of its newborn sons with no religious reason.
o If the whole rest of the world has caught onto the idea that neonatal circumcision is not a good idea, shouldn’t we as well?
Transition: (pause) I have a cartoon to help illustrate my next point. It was found on web site for the organization NOHARMM (National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males.)http://www.noharmm.org (Show overhead transparency of cartoon) The news headline that the baby is pointing to is a true statement.




II. Circumcision is not recommend for health or hygienic reasons.




o I have heard claims that baby boys should be circumcised for health or hygienic reasons, but in much of my research, including the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, I found that the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends routine neonatal circumcision.
o According to the article in mothering magazine, a very common myth about circumcision is that it makes the