Circumcision is a contentious subject. While many people believe it’s a harmless practice and produces an aesthetically pleasing penis with a myriad of (dubious) health benefits, many consider the non-prescriptive usage of the procedure to effectively be pointless mutilation of a child due to cultural reasons.
Let’s get this straight. This is not Female Genital Mutilation, the effect of circumcision on men and women is entirely different and cannot be compared. In fact there are a fair few men who have to have circumcisions at some point in their life for therapeutic purposes but such a procedure is done under a licensed setting by a licensed individual trained to perform this procedure.
Out of 500 circumcisions, 1 ends in complications and the complications are generally severe. Circumcision is not a cosmetic procedure and should not be treated as such.
A doctor’s medical circumcision, usually performed in the hospital on the second or third day after birth, does not fulfill the requirements of a Bris Milah and is not considered valid according to Jewish law. The Bris must be performed by a Jewish person who understands, upholds, and practices the tenets of the Jewish religion, and is specially trained to function as a mohel.
This pseudo-scientific religious quackery comes from Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg. A mohel or Jewish Circumcisor demonstrates the problem in America.
Circumcision is NOT regarded as a medical procedure and is unlicensed, this allows mohels like Rosenberg to perform their procedure without any knowledge of proper medical technique solely because they are priests. This allows them to not only encourage circumcisions but also make rather false claims about the procedure. In this case encouraging people to have a non-medical circumcision because “religion”.
And damn the cost.
The cost being paid by a 8 day old boy who’s penis was severed during a circumcision by the Rabbi.
“I am trained in this, this is a tragic accident and a horrible situation” – Rabbi Rosenberg
Apart from clumsy hands and a rather terrifying world view that the ideal knowledge of medicine was reached by 3000 year old proto-Jews and that we must emulate these sons of the sands rather than modern medical practice, the good Rabbi has a penchant for the understatement.
Had a doctor done this he would be suspended pending review. Accidents happen in the OT after all. It’s not your fault if equipment failure occurs. Not even the most staunch doctors can operate if jostled and such accidents happen. However the lack of oversight means that the Rabbi not only is not beholding to any licensing board but has continued to perform circumcisions.
The thing with the penis is it’s actually filled with blood. It’s designed like a balloon. To engorge with blood and so is heavily supplied with arterial blood. The severing of the penis can result in massive blood loss particularly in infants for whom total circulating volume is already low reaching shock at a much quicker pace.
The baby required 8 hours of emergency reconstructive micro-surgery. The techniques require incredible patience and steady hands to fix and suture tiny arteries so that they flow. Imagine trying to stitch two garden hoses in full flow together without turning off the water.
Now imagine trying to do that with garden hoses a couple of millimetres thick. And remember through this all the baby is losing blood so requires blood transfusions. Nearly 6 units of blood was transfused to keep the baby alive through the procedure. The child also need 3 months of hospitalisation and even then the outcome is uncertain.
There are nerves within the penis and these help transmit touch and therefore pleasure. Loss of which would result in a non-functional penis. Erections would occur due to psychogenic stimulation but sex would not result in ejaculation as the input of touch is lost. We will not know for a long time if the patient is capable of leading a healthy life.
It is quackery. Plain and simple. It is quackery endorsed by religion and that is so entrenched in culture that we are unwilling to discuss it. It is a pointless procedure if done for aesthetics and this is aesthetics. I am sure a kind and loving god would not deny anyone a place in heaven based solely on their genital intactness.