Yes, I agree that the small number of medical professionals willing to perform elective circumcisions is indicative of a negative attitude toward circumcision in the medical field. What I was actually arguing is that if circumcision is primarily declining due to a diminishing number of circumcision providers (or at least a perception that "nobody will do it anymore") then it may be the case that parental attitudes towards circumcision aren't necessarily as negative as the lower circumcision rates would nowadays suggest, since some parents will have not circumcised just because it was unavailable (or not easily accessible), rather than because they were definitively against circumcising. In other words, I'm wondering about causation: Have parents turned so strongly against circumcision that it's no longer being as readily provided, or are parents who would once havecircumcised no longer doing so because that routine provision is no longer there? Of course, a lot more parents are against circumcision than was once the case, but I do think that there's a not insignificant number of parents who, while they do not have their sons circumcised are not anti-circumcision, as such, and in fact would circumcise if the possibility seemed more accessible. I'm not suggesting that these non-circumcising but not anti-circumcision parents are in the majority, but I know of a few parents IRL who've said to me that their DS's are not circumcised, not because they are opposed to circumcision but because they couldn't find a doctor, or it was too expensive etc. I figured they couldn't be the only ones who felt that way.
The medical establishment in Australia has had a fairly consistent position for more than 40 years: routine infant circumcision is "not necessary", "discouraged" and (most recently) "not warranted".
Yes, like smoking tobacco, it's legal. That doesn't mean we don't use public policy instruments to discourage what is a harmful and unnecessary practice.
No doubt if doctors changed their mind on this, the rate of RIC could well rise somewhat. But that ain't gunna happen . Meanwhile, actual demand for the procedure continues to fall under existing policy settings.
I don't think that there are a huge number of parents wishing to circ but not doing so because a dr was hostile toward them. It's the age of information. They'd just google a dr near them that does perform RIC and go from there.
The fact is, less parents want to circ their sons and less drs will do it. I doubt very much that a huge number of parents are desperate to circ but cannot figure out how to access a dr who will do it.
I obviously can't speak for anyone but myself. But I had never thought about circling, I was neither for nor against - it didn't bother me either way. But after reading up about it, I can find no reason to do it, reading articles and papers and also seeing an interview with some men from a group who wish they weren't circ'd has completely changed my view - I am now anti circa (for my kids). I don't think parents who choose to do it are bad or anything, just that at this point I can see no justification for it at all. Like why would you? This applies to religious reasons as well. There are plenty, plenty of things that lots of religions did that they no longer do because now they know better.
I think you'd be talking about a real minority who want to do it but for whatever reason don't, I suspect the majority just don't see the point in it. I'd say there is a minority of people who think it is abuse/torture. But that most people who don't circ are somewhere in the middle.
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