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Judge awards $4.6 million payout for botched circumcision

LOS ANGELES — A US judge on Monday approved a $4.6 million compensation payment for a boy who had the end of his penis removed in a botched circumcision shortly after birth. The boy, who is now eight, underwent the operation when he was week-old baby in January 2003 at…

Death of toddler after circumcision probed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York City Medical Examiner’s office said on Friday it was investigating the case of a 2-year-old boy who died shortly after getting circumcision surgery. Jamaal Coleson Jr. of Brooklyn died shortly after undergoing the procedure at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan on Tuesday.…

San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A group opposed to male circumcision said on Tuesday they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections. But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a…

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes ‘birther’ bill

Legislation that requires presidential candidates to prove they are natural born American citizens before their names can appear on the Arizona ballot was vetoed by the state’s Republican governor on Monday. “I never imagined being presented with a bill that could require candidates for President of the greatest and most…

Arizona ‘birther’ law to accept circumcision papers as proof of citizenship

If you intend to run for president in Arizona but don’t have the required birth certificate, all is not lost. The state may be willing to accept a description of your penis — if you’ve got one — as proof you were born in the U.S. Before passing their so-called…

Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Jewish groups and others are up at arms over an attempt to outlaw male circumcision in San Francisco by putting the issue to a popular vote. Self-described “intactivist” Lloyd Schofield has been collecting signatures for a voter initiative that would criminalize infant circumcision in the Californian…

Female circumcision victims seek out Colorado doctor

‘Starting to live’: Victims of female circumcision seek out Colo. doctor for healing surgery This picturesque southern Colorado town known for decades as the sex-change capital of the world — thousands of gender-reassignment operations have been performed here — is becoming a beacon for victims of female genital mutilation. Dr.…

I’m anti-tradition, but…..

Wow, I rarely find myself disagreeing with PZ, Melissa, and Samhita, but I have to say that I don’t really see the problem with the American Academy of Pediatrics advising doctors to offer a “ritual nick” in lieu of the more serious forms of female circumcision that are often on…

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