Deadheart wrote:Interesting, I know American hospitals can be very insistent on parents to do it but I don't think it is automatically done. Most likely they were told the health reasons and that nearly all boys have it done so they went along. A circumcised Swede sounds more rare than a unicorn or leprechaun lol.
Actually most US hospitals used to do it without asking. It think that gradually started to change maybe in the late 70s or 80s when they started to worry about getting sued. I think a few hospitals in the midwest and south probably still do things 'the old fashioned way'. And then a lot of hospitals did/still do make it sound like it's required. Their way of asking is more like 'sign here please so we can circumcise your son.'
This isn't the place to argue about whether the above is ethically right or wrong - I'm just pointing out that A LOT of US hospitals used to do it without asking or their way of asking was more like a command.