Keep HIS body, and HIS respect for YOUR math skills and decision-making, INTACT.
Boys deserve better than ‘healing arts professionals’ who deal in lies and obfuscations. And they deserve better than parents who, despite knowing the numbers, make bad gambles about their sons’ futures.
The number of one death in 11,098 is based on an estimated 117 deaths per year. Brian Morris, circumcision zealot extraordinaire, actually promoted a Brazilian study which found one death in 7,692… considering that to be an acceptable risk. The one in 16,667 number of those who “need it later” is from Wallerstein’s investigation of Finnish rates. If doctors and parents practice proper intact care and if doctors use circumcision only as a last resort… the chance is tiny.
"Since the neonatal circumcision rate in Finland, where virtually every male wishes to preserve his foreskin, is zero, and since the risk of needing a late circumcision in Finland is one in 16,667, it follows that almost all of the circumcisions still being done in North America have no medical necessity, and in fact, are contraindicated." http://www.cirp.org/library/ethics/denniston/
While we’re talking odds, consider one of the fear-mongering justifications for neonatal circumcision, penile cancer. It’s extremely rare, 1 in 100,000. Using the statistics above on deaths, it’s much more likely to kill an infant with circumcision, between 9 and 13 deaths in 100,000, than it is to save him from a disease which mostly affects unhygienic old men. And one must wonder why the rate of penile cancer is lower in nations such as Denmark (1 in 122,000), Finland (1 in 200,000), and Japan (1 in 333,000) when they do not maim infant penises in the name of prophylaxis.
"Penile cancer rates in countries which do not practice circumcision are lower than those found in the United States. Fatalities caused by circumcision accidents may approximate the mortality rate from penile cancer." http://www.cirp.org/library/statements/letters/1996-02_ACS/