'Intactivists' Oppose Circumcision of Children

'Intactivists' Oppose Circumcision of Children

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics has variously been in favor of and neutral toward circumcision, since 2012 the AAP's official position has been that the procedure's benefits outweigh the risks. Dr. Douglas Diekema, a Seattle Children's Hospital pediatrician who was on the AAP task force that issued the 2012 statement, was quick to qualify that. "From a personal perspective I would say better terminology is 'The benefits justify the risks,' " he said during an interview. "But different people weigh the risks differently."

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