Published March 03, 2010
BOSTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers are being asked to outlaw infant male circumcision.
Supporters of the proposed ban describe the procedure as "unnecessary, painful and risky."
Georganne Chapin, executive director of the group Intact America, an organization formed to change how Americans think about neonatal male circumcision, said the procedure is also unethical because the infant cannot give his consent.
Religious groups oppose the bill, which has no religious exemption.
Studies have linked circumcision to a reduction in the transmission of AIDS in Africa, but backers of the bill say that's not a good enough reason to block a ban.
No Massachusetts lawmakers have signed on to support the measure.