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circumcision; male; penis; foreskin; fore; skin; boy; law; legal; issues; ethical; ethics;

Circumcision is the removal of the flap of skin which naturally covers the tip of the penis. Many people, including some doctors, have very strong feelings about circumcision. Circumcision is generally a safe procedure, but there are risks of minor complications and some rare but serious complications.

Circumcising your son is your choice. It’s a decision best made when you have information from all sides of the circumcision debate.

The Raising Children Network  (an Australian parenting website) has a topic about the operation, and also why some people chose to circumcise their son, and others do not, and also why some doctors recommend that it is not done, while others recommend that it is done.

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There is a huge amount of information and opinion on the internet about circumcision, benefits and risks, and the legal and ethical issues. It is important to be very careful about the source of the information.

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