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Egypt seeks tougher penalties for female circumcision

Female genital mutilation can cause lifelong pain, including extreme discomfort during sexual intercourse, serious complications during childbirth and psychological traumaEgypt's government said on Sunday it will ask parliament to approve a draft law that would increase jail terms for those who perform female circumcision. Female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM), was banned in Egypt in 2008. In Egypt, the procedure is practised by both Muslims and Christians.



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NYC won’t require consent form for oral suction circumcision

NEW YORK (AP) — Signed consent forms will no longer be required for people who perform an ultra-Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision, the city Board of Health decreed Wednesday.
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S. African boys saved from forced circumcision: police

A boy cries before being circumcised in Shinyalu, in Kakamega, on August 8, 2014South African police have rescued 11 teenage boys from forced circumcision, officials said Thursday, after parents reported that the youngsters had been taken away for the traditional but often dangerous ritual. African teenagers from some ethnic groups often spend time in secluded bush or mountain regions as part of their initiation to manhood, which includes circumcision and lessons in courage and discipline. Scores of boys and young men have their penises amputated each year after botched circumcisions during the rite-of-passage ceremonies.



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Time for U.S. Parents to Reconsider the Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcision

Time for U.S. Parents to Reconsider the Acceptability of Infant Male CircumcisionDo the benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control — echoing the 2012 policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics — have recently suggested that they do. What many Americans are not aware of, however, is the fact that the United States is not just unusual, but actually unique among…



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NYC mayor defends deal oral suction circumcision ritual

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending New York City’s tentative agreement with members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over a tradition known as oral suction circumcision.
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New York, Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City has reached a tentative agreement with local rabbinical leaders regarding the Jewish circumcision ritual of direct oral suction in an effort to minimize health risks to infants, officials said on Tuesday. The agreement aims to address health dangers associated with the ritual metzitzah b’peh, or MBP, which has been linked to a form of herpes that can be extremely risky to babies, city officials said. In an MBP, a mohel who performs the circumcision uses oral suction to draw blood away from the wound on the infant’s penis. In 2012, the New York City Board of Health voted to require mohels to obtain such consent, in which parents acknowledged the risk of herpes infection, after officials identified 11 cases in which infant boys contracted herpes simplex virus after circumcisions believed to include oral suction.
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NYC, Orthodox Jews reach deal on circumcision suction ritual

In this Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Abraham Romi Cohn is handed a scalpel during the bris, or ritual circumcision, of Yosef Sananas in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is negotiating a medical protocol that would allow for religious freedom as it navigates health officials' concern over the practice of oral suction during ultra-Orthodox circumcision ceremonies, in which a rabbi sucks blood from a wound on the penis. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says it has reached an agreement with members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over a tradition known as oral suction circumcision.



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Male circumcision benefits outweigh risks, U.S. CDC says

(Reuters) – The benefits of male circumcision outweigh the risks, according a long awaited draft of federal guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Tuesday, which indicate that scientific evidence supports recommending the procedure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that medically performed male circumcision could help decrease the risk of contracting HIV and several other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as other health problems. …
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CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, so parents of baby boys should consider it and health insurers should pay for it.
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Israeli circumcision device provokes union outcry in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa may turn to an Israeli circumcision device to reduce the number of young males who die in botched initiation ceremonies, provoking an outcry from union allies of the ruling party who support sanctions against the Jewish state. Every year, dozens of teenaged South African males die of blood loss or infection in traditional circumcision practices during the initiation ceremonies which are a key rite of passage to manhood, especially among the Xhosa nation. …
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