The Royal's circumcision decision could sway public opinion on the procedure.
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Boys in the Royal household have, for centuries, undergone circumcision shortly after birth, according to the Daily Beast. Princess Diana was allegedly opposed to the tradition, leading to speculation on whether or not Prince George, the latest addition, will be circumcised.
Circumcision pros and cons
Extreme opinions on male circumcision liken it to female genital mutilation which occurs in some countries and involves extensive removal of parts of the vagina, sometimes even the clitoris. Those supporting this view suggest that male circumcision leads to psychological problems and also that it’s simply against the rights of a child to perform the procedure without prior informed consent- consent a baby is clearly unable to give.
The more common reason suggested for male circumcision (other than for traditional/cultural/religious reasons is for reasons of hygiene. A circumcised penis is easier to clean and less likely to pick up infections, tears or diseases later in life.
Of course, general hygiene has improved since the reign of George l, the first royal to undergo the cut, but the public are wondering if Kate and William will choose to have the procedure performed on Prince George. Since their choices affect the opinions of the masses (see how sales of certain baby products have rocketed since Kate used them, for example), should they choose to go through with it, a wave of parents choosing to do the same could be expected.
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By: Scott Dunlop