Boston Globe (11.16.11) - Thursday, November 17, 2011
At a meeting in New Orleans, leaders of the American Medical
Association voted Tuesday to adopt a policy opposing any
attempts by cities or states to ban infant male circumcision.
"There is strong evidence documenting the health benefits of
male circumcision, and it is a low-risk procedure," said a
statement from AMA President Dr. Peter W. Carmel. "Today the
AMA again made clear that it will oppose any attempts to
intrude into legitimate medical practice and the informed
choices of patients." The policy statement originated with the
delegation from California, where activists had proposed
initiatives to ban the procedure. CDC is developing
recommendations regarding male circumcision, which some
African studies have found significantly reduces the risk of
female-to-male HIV transmission.