Circumcision rates are down across the United States, according to a new CDC report, but they’re dropping precipitously in the West. Over a 32-year period, the national rate of newborn hospital circumcisions declined 37 percent in the region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), compared to 10 percent nationwide. San Francisco’s anti-circumcision-activist scene would probably like to take credit for the area's embrace of the natural male form, but the New York Times points out that California Medicaid stopped covering the procedure a decade ago, and since then there’s been an influx of immigrants from non-foreskin-fearing nations in Asia and the Americas. In case you’re wondering how other U.S. regions are feeling about circumcision: Rates stayed the same in the Northeast, dipped slightly in the Midwest, and increased slightly the South.
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