Episode 38: Catholics and Birth Control

Episode 38: Catholics and Birth Control


So anyone who has been following the news lately has seen the fiasco with the President’s stance that all government mandated health insurance must supply access to birth control for women. The Catholic church has been up in arms about this, naturally. We discuss this issue at some length before moving on to our next subject.

But by far the most interesting and crazy subject we tackled is the incredibly rare (even in super orthodox communities) and dangerous practice of metzitzah b’peh. This is the practice of a mohel (rabbinical surgeon) to actually suck the blood from the foreskin during circumcision. Circumcision as mandated in Genesis, is the ritualistic removal of foreskin from male infants. Most mohels use a suction tube to remove the blood. Here is what a “modern” mohel has to say about metzitzah b’peh. The idea of circumcision is a nuanced debate with arguments on both sides but in the end the American Association of Pediatrics does not recommend routine circumcision.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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