Recent statistical evidence from
the Center for Disease Control (CDC) agencies (see figures)
indicates that in the United States (U.S.) newborn circumcisions
among non-immigrant boys have increased over the past
2 decades. The CDC found that the total U.S. newborn circumcision
rate rose very slightly (from 64% to 65%) over the two
decade period, from 1979-1999, but the breakdown of these
statistics is revealing. There have been increases in
circumcision among blacks (from 56 to 64%) and in newborns
from the Midwest (from 74 to 81%) and the South (from
56 to 61%), areas of the country with the fewest new immigrants.
In specific communities very high circumcision rates are
being reported: 84% in Atlanta, Georgia, 85% in Houston,
Texas, and 92% in a Wisconsin community served by a pediatrician
opposed to circumcision.
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