(WAND-TV) A group of demonstrators gathered outside the Illinois Capitol Tuesday as part of a national protest against infant male circumcision.
Jessica Rigdon, a registered nurse from Southern Illinois who took part in the protest, said she objects to the practice on ethical grounds and compared infant male circumcision to genital mutilation of girls.
“Currently, Illinois Medicaid covers the cost of this procedure, and they told me on the phone yesterday that they only cover medically necessary procedures,” Rigdon said. “Circumcision is not medically necessary, so they are wasting our tax dollars on infants that are not able to consent (to circumcision).”
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