Peter's Circumcision

"At two weeks of age, our son Peter was circumcised at our pediatrician's office. I was invited to stay and watch. The next 20 minutes were to affect me for the rest of my life. The method used was the Gomco method. I had to witness Peter's screams while the foreskin on his penis was riped away from the glans, crushed with a hemostat, pulled through the hole in the clamp, and finally severed with a scalpel. Peter became pale, gasped for breaths, and almost fainted. After it was over I could not talk, only hold my sobbing baby and bury my tears in his blankets because I knew I had been the one to decide on his circumcision. Had I known how barbaric and cruel it was, I would have never, never proceeded with this mutilation."35.

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