Thanks for explaining further and I do agree in the thinking that most males are happy with their penises. I don't think one way or the other is right or wrong but some people do think that, whether it be for health or cosmetic reasons. This is why I think there should be a choice in the matter.
There is research supporting health benefits (whether it is accepted or not) from circumcision however there are risks associated with circumcising infants, we know this. But the main concern I see is that the infants do not get to choose for themselves whether they are circumcised or not. I understand this and am open to the parents making the decision to not circumcised their infant. I have no problem with that.
However, I feel it is a bit of backtracking when some say they want their child to decide on his own, but when faced with medical benefits of the procedure and the reasoning for the timing, they are quick to say that the medical benefits are untrue/biased/the same outcomes as with non-circumcised children/adults.
So I have a hard time believing that the real reason they do not circumcise their child is because they want the child to decide for themselves. From the responses on this thread, it's pretty clear that some do not believe any health benefits are associated with circumcision, thus the real reasoning hiding behind "I want my child to decide".
I am in no way claiming anyone thinks this, but this is what I get from this entire thread. Atlas, the point of the thread, should the CDC educate non-circumcised males about circumcision, seems like it would be a hit with those that "want their child to decide for themselves". But then we are faced with responses like, "the CDC is biased", "the CDC has inaccurate data", "the CDC should mind their own business", etc. etc.
If parents really wanted their child to decide for themselves, wouldn't they like that the CDC teachs the child about the possibility of circumcision for their health? Well, no says the consensus. Why? Possibly because they believe the CDC is biased/has untrue data? If parents who opt to not circumcise their infants believe that circumcision provides no health benefits, why say you want your child to decide for themselves? If you don't think circumcision helps anything and tell your children there are no benefits from circumcision, why would you say you are letting your child decide?
There are no medical benefits from botox, but if your child decided they wanted botox to have higher cheek bones like the rest of their class, would you let your 10 year old get botox? No? Why not? If you believe there are no medical benefits to circumcision nor botox, you would not let your child endure either. Right?
But what do I know? I just want parents to continue to decide on their own for what their child has/doesn't have. I don't want intactivists to determine what everyone should and shouldn't be when they are clearly biased. I want parents to decide, based on their thoughts, not someone elses.
I really would appreciate a well thought-out reply from someone who has something to say about what I have brought up because lately, good points are ignored because of the lack of substance in rebuttal.