Circumcision: Colorado to stop Medicaid coverage of snipping newborn boys' foreskin

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A week from today, Colorado is cutting -- pun intended -- Medicaid funding for circumcisions. According to the Associated Press, the state will join seventeen others in making the cost-saving move, which will likely please circumcision opponents, such as Paul Russo, the subject of a 1996 Westword story called "Boys and Their Hoods," as well as the foreskin of Medicaid-eligible newborn boys statewide.

It's also been praised by the San Francisco group behind a proposal to ban circumcision in that city. As reported in our sister paper, SF Weekly, a proposition to make it illegal to remove the foreskin of anyone under eighteen years old has been placed on San Francisco's November ballot.

Earlier this week in San Francisco, Jewish and Muslim leaders filed a lawsuit asking the California Superior Court to remove the proposition from the ballot because it violates freedom of religion. From SF Weekly's news blog, The Snitch:

And circumcision, they say, is a medical procedure. Not only does it help reduce diseases such as HIV, it increases sexual pleasure. Health benefits aside, religious organizations have argued that the measure is not only offensive but unconstitutional.

Will Colorado's changing Medicaid rules cause a similar uprising?

More from our Politics archives: "Midwifery: Bill to expand midwives' scope of practice passes legislature, but without suturing."

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Bdodonnell
Bdodonnell

It should have been defunded years ago like many other states and countries. Nobody in Europe south america - most of the world actually does this unless they believe in a religion that practices it. 95 % of the circumcised men in the world are Muslim. Hardly any are jewish because they represent only a quarter of 1 % of the population. There are more Americans circumcised for no reason than Jews. It's unnecessary and Should not be paid for. If a man wants to have part of his removed he can decide and pay fir it himself.

Headmaster
Headmaster

It helps reduce the risk of disease transmission, so it should be paid for as a disease prevention procedure. 

The measure cutting the funding for it is not unconstitutional on religious grounds.  The government isn't required by the constitution to pay for your religious traditions, and the measure doesn't prohibit you from getting a circumcision.  Snip away and chant all you like, just pay for it.

Isa3588
Isa3588

The measure to make it illegal for anyone under 18 is unconstitutional as it impedes religious freedoms

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