Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Circumcision Is A Major Issue For One 2020 Presidential Candidate

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang revealed he’s against circumcision, and if elected, he would include that view into public policy.

In a tweet that fell under-the-radar, Yang said that he was against the practice of cutting a newborn’s foreskin, which is often done for religious purposes. He doubled down in an interview with The Daily Beast, in which he said that his agenda would include reassuring parents that circumcision isn’t necessary for infants’ health. He called the ritual a “cultural onus.”

“It’s sort of pushed on parents in many situations,” Yang said.

Yang might be the first ever presidential candidate to take a public stance on circumcision, according to The Daily Beast. An entrepreneur, he supports dozens of other policies and is running on a platform of universal basic income. He’s now hoping to appeal to circumcision opponents, known as “intactivists” (meaning those who choose to keep penises intact).

“I’m highly aligned with the intactivists,” Yang said. “History will prove them even more correct.”

Yang told The Daily Beast that he initially planned to have his sons circumcised so they wouldn’t feel self-conscious, but his wife didn’t share his sentiment. He said that he hopes to encourage parents not to feel pressured into circumcising their baby boys.

“From what I’ve seen, the evidence on it being a positive health choice for the infant is quite shaky,” said Yang. He did not share whether he was circumcised.

Alyssa Fisher is a writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

Engage

  • Events

    Haart to Haart

    Virtual

    Dec 7, 2022

    7 pm ET · 

    A conversation with Julia Haart and her son Shlomo, stars of Netflix's 'My Unorthodox Life,' about the new season and much more.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.