Routine Infant Circumcision

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RIC is an acronym for Routine Infant Circumcision.

Mainly in the United States, boys are still circumcised in many hospitals immediately after birth. Very often, this is done without informing or asking the parents previously at all.

The word routine, when applied to non-therapeutic circumcision of boys is outmoded. Circumcision has not been 'routine' since court rulings started to require informed consent in 1972.[1]

Routine infant circumcision (i. e. non-therapeutic circumcision without consent) is an unlawful procedure for which damages may be recovered.[2]

Routine infant circumcision no longer exists in the United States, except when a hospital or doctor makes an error for which they can be sued.

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  1. Canterbury v. Spence, 464 F.2d 772, 782 (D.C. Cir. 1972), cert. denied, 409 U.S. 1064 (1972)
  2. REFjournal Llewellyn, David (1995): Legal remedies for penile torts, in: The Compleat Mother. 40: 16. Retrieved 4 January 2020.