(FOX NEWS) – Fewer male babies are being circumcised in the U.S. A centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says the number of circumcisions performed in hospitals dropped from 64 to 58 percent between 1979 and 2010.
Researchers say the decline was not a steady one. It dropped during the 1980s and rose during the 1990’s. It dropped off again in the early years of the 21st century. The varied decline rate, analysts believe, reflects changes in guidance from medical groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
In the 1970s the AAP advised routine circumcisions had no medical benefit. They revised their position in 1989 saying there were potential benefits and revised it again in 1999 saying was not enough evidence to recommend routine circumcision.
AAP president Dr. Thomas McInerny thinks the change in rates is due to the way doctors and families interact. He says these days parents are making more informed decisions instead of being told by doctors what to do.