ritual circumcision


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ritual circumcision

The religious rite performed by Jews and Muslims at the time of removal of the prepuce.
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Jews and Muslims usually perform ritual circumcision on male infants.
Physicians should counsel parents considering out-of-hospital circumcision about the risks of orogenital suction and should consider herpes infection when evaluating a newborn male infant with fever following Jewish ritual circumcision."
In November 2004, DOHMH was notified of twin male infants who developed disseminated HSV-1 infection following ritual circumcision (Table 1, cases 3 and 4); one died.
Upon his return to Curacao in 1844, he had joined the National Guard as a second lieutenant, and each time in the subsequent fifteen years when he had to leave the island to perform ritual circumcisions elsewhere, he had to obtain permission from his military superiors to do so.
Next on the agenda is a visit to the Chyulu Hills of Kenya, where Palin socializes with the nomadic Masai tribe, attends a festival celebrating a ritual circumcision of a 13-year-old and gets a tad bit too close to a wild cheetah.
Rejecting an application by the child's father for the operation to go ahead, he said that ritual circumcision, for religious or social reasons, was lawful and did not require an order of the court - when the mother and father agreed.
While this statement represents welcome progress in an area that has concerned many humanists and freethinkers for the better part of this century, it falls far short of taking an uncompromising stand on the issues of human rights and medical ethics that surround the medicalization of ritual circumcision. It also repeats the false claim that there are potential medical benefits from the practice.
Ritual circumcision, an ancient tradition with deep religious significance, is practiced by many cultures including those of the Jewish faith.
In Sweden, where progressives have spoken out for years against ritual circumcision, a draft motion against it was submitted to parliament in 2013 by a far-right, anti-Islam party.