Peter Adler Japan 2 posts
Oct 13th '13

Thank you for your clear and well reasoned article. The answer to the question, "Should circumcision be illegal?" is, as you have written, that it already is.

Medical associations in Western countries outside the United States agree that circumcision is unethical, illegal, and violates the rights of the child. See, a recent article published by 38 leading European physicians. The article concludes,

"There is a growing consensus among physicians, including those in the United States, that physicians should discourage parents from circumcising their healthy infant boys because non-therapeutic circumcision of underage boys in Western societies has no compelling health benefits, causes post-operative pain, can have serious long-term consequences, constitutes a violation of the United Nations' Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and conflicts with the Hippocratic oath: ... First, do no harm."

Circumcision is already illegal in the United States as well, for the reasons expressed in your article. For a detailed analysis, please see my law review article published this year, Peter W. Adler, Is Circumcision Legal? 16 Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest 439-83 (2013), available at

Holly De Leon United States 3 posts
May 3rd '15

Quoting shes*almost*one!:
un-circ'd penises are the ugliest most disgusting looking things ever. they look like torpedos.
i'm so glad we circ'd our son. if it were illegal, i would have gone to an underground circ clinic in some bacyolley

Listen to yourself, you're saying your son wasn't born good enough for you that you felt the need to alter him. So.sorry your son wasn't born perfect in your eyes.
Holly De Leon United States 3 posts
May 3rd '15

Quoting MoNsTeRs&PrInCeSs:
LMAO i think a p***s without it being circumcised is gross and makes me wanna throw up. All my boys will be circumcised and there is nothing you can or will do about it! Get over it. Its my choice and a p***s looks better with it being done anyways. EWWY nasty uncircumcised p***s BOOOOOOOOOOOOO

You're a pedophile for having a sexual opinion about your son's p***s.

Peter Adler Japan 2 posts
Jun 17th '15

Quoting Holly De Leon:

You're a pedophile for having a sexual opinion about your son's p***s.

You are welcome to prefer the surgically altered p***s.  This is the land of the free.
But boys and men have the same constitutional right to bodily integrity, the freedom to pursue happiness however they choose, and equal protection of the law.
The fact is that men with a normal p***s (most men who have ever lived) virtually always choose to stay that way.  
While increasing numbers of men who have been circumcised are angry at the physician and their parents for having cut off part of their bodies again their will.
So the clear preference of boys and men is to grow up with a normal p***s, which incidentally evolved over 50 to 100 million years, and is the most sensitive part of the p***s.  
As a legal matter, physicians are fiduciaries who cannot do to their patients what the patients would not choose for themselves.
And actually, healthy boys aren't patients, yet another reason why doctors cannot ethically or legally circumcise them.