Comments of Individual Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution

Below are the public comments made by endorsers of the Montagu Resolution. Feel free to browse through the list using the letters above and below the table of comments.

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Name—Country Comment
Paek, Angelique—USA I long for the day that this is made illegal in the US. If we are such an advanced country, why do we continue to torture and mutilate our sons? How can any parent stand by and watch this happen?
Page, John—USA It is high time that a stop was put to "circumcision" in the US. It is now 58 years since the practise was substantially reduced in the UK
Page, Nancy—USA Circumcision is unbelievably cruel and barbaric. I shudder/cringe every time I think of it.
Pahl, Johnny—USA This abhorrent human-rights violation that has been allowed to persist and flourish in the United States has already marred my life in a deeper way than I could possibly convey in words. I hope and pray each day for its end, so that future generations of children will be spared the anguish that I have gone through.
Painter, Sandy—USA Sexual mutilation is appaling- on males or females.
palisi, tiffany—USA Circumcision is a mindless, harmful practice that should be illegal. It saddens me that, for many baby boys, one of his first experiences in this world is painful, cosmetic surgery that could lead to complications, less sensitivity to the penis, scarring, disfigurement or even death. It's done both to please the parents and make doctors money, all without the child's consent. We do not allow for female circumcision; why do we allow our sons to endure this horrific experience?
Palmer, Leah—USA As the mother of two boys kept the way God gave them to me I am VERY active in this cause. I am currently starting up the first NOCIRC group in Arkansas.
Palmerin, John—USA Any mutilation of any body, whether male or female is cruel and inhumane. I believe that as Americans, we should be above and beyond this point. I am circumcised and I wish I wasn't. My son, should I ever have one, will not be put through this torture and I hope that the MGM bill will be passed so that unknowing mothers will not be coerced into it by doctors.
Palmerin, LaDenia—USA Mutilation is wrong on all counts...a "crime against nature." Circumcision is not different from Female Genital Mutilation and so why should it be treated differently? Specifically on male circumcision, infant males feel pain just as adult males do if not with even more sensitivity. Would an adult male voluntarily go through circumcision without anything but local anesthesia? I think not.
Palosaari, Markku—Finland terrible
Palsgaard, Jens—USA It is time that this horrible practice end. The medical community of the United States should be ashamed for calling circumcision a medical procedure. It is time that the world recognize circumcision for what it really is....a brutal act which forever mutilates the child.
Pankratz, Brianne—USA It is so easy to find material and support for the banishment of female genital mutilation/circumcision practices, which were outlawed in the USA in 1996, but little public awareness of male genital mutilation/circumcision, which is still practiced among roughly half of USA males. I don't care whether you're circumcised or not, but I do think each male should make that decision himself. It is wrong to impose a permanent and personal decision on an infant. I feel that the law opposing genital mutilation is gender-specific, therefore unconstituational, as it discriminates on a basis of sex, and ought to be expanded to include bans on all forms of child genital mutilation, whether male or female. If you agree and want to offer support or suggestions on how to change this law, contact me. Let's form a voice in America.
Pannell, Nathan—USA By cutting off the foreskin you deny a boy of his right to choose if he wants a foreskin or not. It his body not anyone else's he is the only one who must decide if the operation is done or not. If someone preformed female circumcision on a baby girl their would be legal action taken but when someone circumcises a boy no one takes legal action they just listen to the screams as the baby is cut open without anesthesia. The baby is tortured we cannot allow this to keep on going on and its not just because the baby boys are being tortured it is because they lose the freedom to choice what is done to their body something we all take for granted.
Papke, Kevin—USA Recently had a newborn son and when i found out what kind of procedure this was, I WAS FLOORED on what i was seeing,hearing and what i didnt want to put my son through. I strive to support on what i believe and i dont believe in THIS!!! It needs to stop,people need to educate themselves and not put them selves in a general consensis of what others believe.THINK for your damn self and stop injuring innocent children.
Parker, Bryan—USA I am the circumcised father of an intact son. Fathers who circumcise their kids so that they can look like them have no excuse in the world.I wish I could look like him!
Parker, Lewis—USA It is horrible to strap an infant down and rip his foreskin off. Doctors should be jailed!
Parker, Linsey—USA Hurting babies and kids is bad. Chopping off body parts when they are newly born is simply wrong, and not to mention, painful.
Parker, Zen—USA I am a baby who has my foreskin, and am quite certain that I wouldn't want anyone to chop it off. Zen James Vincent Parker I, Melissa Lavin, endorsed the resolution on behalf of my 2 1/2 year-old-son who most certainly would not wish to have his foreskin amputated against his will, without adequate if any, anesthesia, and without any sound medical reason for such an amputation. If a minor problem were to arise with his normal penis, I am certain that he would choose more conservative treatments over the mutilatory elimination of 75% of his penile skin. I hope he is not too young to be represented in the fight to save the male babies of this country, and all babies all over the world. I must speak for him at this time because he is voiceless, but that is what we do. We speak for ALL voiceless and defenseless infants who cannot yet protect themselves. I know that if my son had the words to do so, he would use them loudly against the atrocity that is sadistic and insane genital mutilation.
parsons, mike—USA i was circumcised as an infant and didnt realize what i was missing untill i recently became sexually active. i began restorinmg my foreskin about 5 months ago and have noticed a remarkable increase in sensitivity. i realize that i may never reach 100% of what i should feel. but i can always hope. i believe that no infant should be mutilated. that choice should beleft up to the individual when they come of age. i have suffered sexually, physically, mentally, and emotionally because of my status. and i hope that the senseless cutting of children will stop soon.
Partington, Kendall—Canada Simple answer to the whole issue is this - To do this type of mutilation to another human being without consent, ESPECIALLY to a minor, is just as bad as child molestation or rape. Since they cannot make this decision with any degree of informed understanding until they are older and have a CHOICE, then it should only be performed by their wish at the age which they are determined to be an adult. Barring a GOOD medical reason of course. Quite frankly, doctor's will be lucky if this does not eventually lead to some serious lawsuit issues. I'm surprised it hasn't been a major issue yet. There is a growing movement against this travesty.
Partington, Kendall—Canada This should be such a no-brainer. It's child abuse. No parent should have the right to remove a perfectly normal body part.
pascucci, louis—USA it is mind-boggling to think that the u.s., my own country, believes that neo-natal foreskin amputation is beneficial to our society. the american doctors are sickening to my stomach. they can end this sick and disgusting practice tomorrow, but they are too arrogant and/or emasculated to do so.
Paslay, Kristi—USA I hope and pray that circumcision will end in my lifetime. Routine, religious,
Patton, Michael—USA I was amazed at how many nurses came into the maternity room asking when we [my wife and I] were going to "circ his wienie". That is a direct quote from one of the nurses. It is a sad state when genital mutilation is so lightly dismissed. Anyone who wants to circumcise their boy should watch the video showing one before hand. Then if the mutilation is still desired, the parents should sit in the room when the procedure is being done.
Paul, Dey—United states minor outlying islands Good Luck with your campaigne and lets get all routine circumcision banned. It's cruel and should be regarded as sexual abuse on fe/male children and an unnnecessary procedure. It is a waste of our surgeon's time when surgeons should be focussing on accidents and emergencies. If we want child protection we should end genital mutilation on a global scale.
Pauly, Gary—USA Genital mutilation is a violation of the human rights of the child. It does irrepairable damage to the penis and to ones sex life. I firmly believe that it is the leading cause of erectal dysfunction in american men. Genital mutilation is the cause of death of hundreds of innocent children annually, all of this with no medical reason or benefit, except for the financial greed of the mutilator.
Pectol, Brandi—USA It is not my body, it is my son's body. I will let him make the decision.
Peevy, Lee—USA Circumcision is Child Abuse, and should be prosecuted under the law.
Pellow, Angela—USA It is no one's right to strip a child of his/her body. Ever!
Pemberton, Tanya—USA
Pemberton, Tanya—USA I hope that one day people will realize what we are doing to our boys is unjustifiable.
Pena, Adriana—USA It is a deeply abhorrent practice, made more repulsive because it is practiced on helpless children by those who are supposed to care for them.
Perez, Carlos—USA Circumcision is just another form of body modification, more severe and harmful than piercings and tattoos would be. And I have never heard that piercing and tattooing a baby is the choice of the parents, right? Circumcision is simply a savagery and a barbaric thing to do to a boy who can't express his opinion about loosing the most sensitive part of his penis! Circumcision is not the right of the parents, the only thing parents have concerning circumcision is the RESPONSIBILITY to keep and protect the physical integrity of their boy until he is old enough to make an informed consent about it. Routine Infant Circumcision should be banned, regardless of what the excuse is. Once the foreskin is amputated, it's gone forever, and there is no way back!
Peron, James—USA Founder of Childbirth Education Foundation
Perry, Trevor—USA Thank you for this resolution and declaration!
Persechino, Anna—USA I am adamently opposed to the genital mutilation of children. The more I learn, the more appauled and disgusted I become. It is an all out atrocity and I will never stop fighting it until RIC becomes illegal in the U.S.!
Peters, Randi—USA I agree that circumcision is a sick, cruel and torturous act, and I believe it has been perpetuated because of ignorance and/or monetary gain of the medical profession and certain 'religions'. It amazes me how long it has been perpetuated in our 'civilized' society, and it is sad how so many mothers blindly and without question followed their doctors' orders - and let their babies be taken out of earshot... Thank you for bringing this to light and for doing something to finally stop it.
Petersen, Jason—USA Ever since I learned why I had a scar on my penis, I have felt like part of me was missing. No-one has the right to perform the unnecessary and dangerous procedure of circumcision on an unwilling/unconsenting subject. I fully support the efforts to ensure genital integrity for all human beings.
Peterson, Jon—USA It is not something that I would choose for myself, my child, or for that matter, any boy anywhere on this earth. It is not a decision that has to be made for any child. It is a decision that should be left to every male to make for himself as an adult. There is no medical, moral or social reason for the ritualistic mutilation of our male children in this manner and, in fact, there is already a law against just this action in the case of females.
Peterson, Kent—USA Once people become consciously aware of the history, technical procedure, and impact of circumcision, they will realize why this arcane procedure is opposed by leading scientific and professional organizations. As Alice Miller so eloquently wrote, child abuse has been passed down so routinely from those with European ancestors that it is considered "normal" to break the will and dampen the spirits of those in whose hands our future lies.
Peterson, Neil—USA My ability to fully practice my religion has been denied by others forcing their beliefs on my nacent individuality. No one has the right to alter another in any way against their will. My body belongs to me, not my parents, not my society and not their religion. Genital cutting violates personal freedoms of choice and self determination. "No action which is not voluntary can be called moral. So long as we act like machines, there can be no question of morality. If we want to call an action moral, it should have been done consciously and as a matter of duty. Any action that is dictated by fear or by coercion of any kind ceases to be moral. It also follows that all good deeds that are prompted by hope of happiness in the next world cease to be moral." - M.K.Gandhi
Peterson, Shane—Australia No man or woman should have the right to surgically impose their own religious, sexual, or cosmetic preferences on another individual, and especially not a child. Children have the right to grow into adults with full bodily integrity, and can then decide if they wish to sacrifice any part of their own body for any reason they choose.
Petker, Alin—USA we need to stop infant mutilation, best would be a worldwide stop of genital mutilation. People need to know about this topic, far to many people I have talked to about this topic have no idea about the procedure, the effects and pain. People only think it is cleaner and looks better, but they have never seen an intact penis, have read a book about it. Most doctors I talked to even support cutting. Where is this nation going ... let's stop it and soon as possible. We live in the 21st Century.
Petrequin, Emily—USA Nothing is more barbaric and sickening than the genital mutilation of unconcenting minors. It's excruciatingly painful, can have devastating effects, and when regarded with common sense is simply absurd. All human beings should be born with the right to keep all their body parts intact, and certainly the erogenous protective penile skin shouldnt be excluded. It saddens me deeply that parents still subject their babies to torture and doctors still perform the procedure knowing all the facts. I try to educate as many people as I can about circumcision. I have probably saved a few foreskins and I plan to save many more before this anti-wholeness craze comes to an end.
Pew, John—USA How can a civilized world be so oblivious to the pain that is perpetrated upon the most innocent among us. jeffrey
Pfaff, Jeffrey—Canada If it aint broke, don't fix it.
Pfaff, Tara—Canada This should not be a debate....There is no question....This is a crime against innocents.
Phillips, Lisa—USA As parents, we don't have the right to make this decision. It is our son's body and is no way detrimental to their health to leave them intact. Their foreskin is there for a reason. God did not make a mistake when creating our sons. He did not create all male boys to be born and have to go through this traumatic & painful surgery at birth. This is no different than forcing a newborn baby to go through some form of unneeded plastic surgery (some without any drugs) at birth. If they do not wish to have the foreskin, they can have it removed as an adult, but it is not OUR choice. It is their body and their decision!
Phillips, Michael—USA totally opposed to infant circumcision
Pinder, Martin Genital surgery is a barbaric & sadistic abomination which leaves a person in a state of lifelong suffering,that was originated by those who feared the power of human sexuality & is practised by the appallingly ignorant which includes those who should know beter, such as doctors in the first world. It feels like an act of violent cruelty & leaves the genitals permanently impaired. It is a hideous invasion of a very private, highly emotionally charged & personal area of the body causing strong emotional disturbances, anger, fear, revenge wishes against the proponents of circumcision, & feelings of loss. It can also lead to physical complications in later life.
Pinkerton, Michael—USA There is nothing wrong with circumcision. Circumcising babies and children without their consent, however, is always wrong.
Pinkley, R.—USA Allowing circumcision and calling it good is absolutely absurd. How can anyone in their right mind justify permanently and irreversibly amputating parts of another person's body without taking into consideration the person who actually has to live with the consequences of that decision for the rest of his life? When there is no medical justification, as is the case in circumcision, it is medically unethical. Circumcised boys are permanently robbed of any hope to know what it means to be a physically whole human being, and the fact that a supposedly civilized nation performs such a barbaric act on helpless human beings is beyond deplorable.
Pintchuck, Elizabeth—USA A veterinarian would anesthesize a puppy before such a procedure -- if we performed such procedures on puppies -- but we wouldn't do that to a dog, would we?
plante, cerin—USA Why do parents, who are here to protect their children, pay people to mutilate them? And why do we as a country stand for this abuse of our children. A baby's body belongs to him and will continue to, long past when we as parents "care" for them. If they choose to be circumcised as adults then thats their choice to make. We can't just go cutting of body parts for no reason! What ever happened to the hypocratic oath!?
Platt, Kathleen—USA Every individual should have a right to genital integrity regarless of race creed sex religion or age in every nation.
Pollack, Miriam—USA The questions posed by genital mutilation are larger and more fundamental than simply which gender has been more damaged. To challenge circumcision is to fundamentally challenge what it is to be human. It means that we must acknowledge our babies' right to their bodies. It means that we must acknowledge that babies do experience pain and that pain is violence. Circumcision is deeply traumatic and it is the responsibility of the parents to protect their children from violence at all costs. Challenging circumcision is revolutionary because it forces us to validate and allows us the possibility of celebrating the full sexuality of our children as part of their sacred inheritance. Challenging circumcision inevitably means challenging the ancient notion of what is sacred. Re-naming the sacred is the task which awaits us as we enter the Twenty-First Century. It must be for life.
Pollack, Miriam—USA Genital integrity is not an issue of belief. It is the right of every baby to have his/her sexual organs remain intact, free of unnecessary surgery and absolutely protected from the violence of cutting. We know now that the pain of circumcision is extreme, that the trauma to the babies is significant, measurable and long-lasting and that the foreskin has multiple and critical functions for health and sexuality. The medical profession, the insurance companies and our legislators must stop promoting and countenancing this horrible violence that we ignorantly perpetrate on our innocent babies.
Pontius, Melissa—USA I live in an region of the U.S. where everyone circumcizes their boys but both of mine were intact. Just "because that's what all parents decide," doesn't hold much weight with my husband and me.
pope, andrew—USA I hate being circumcised, I want every male child born be allowed the choice to be whole
Popken, Werner—Germany All this seems easy and simple, considering the desire of modern western people, young and old, to "alter" their bodies for "aesthetic", "sexual", "pleasure" or whatever reasons.
Powers, Brian—USA I believe foreskin removal should not be allowed and should be against the law without the consent of the child.
Powers—USA I have two sons, both of whom are intact. There is no reason, medical or otherwise, for our society to continue mutilating our sons. Please, let's put an end to this and begin educating parents and medical personal against this barbaric practice.
Pratt, Simon—United Kingdom I find the whole idea repulsive that culture / religion imposes this ancient mutilation on defenceless children. If an adult wants it, fine they have the choice.
Prescott, James—USA Past President, Humanist Fellowship of San Diego and Humanist Association of the National Capital Area; past AHA Board Member; co-author/signer of "Humanist Manifesto II" and "A New Bill of Sexual Rights and Responsibilities"; stated at the First International Symposium on Circumcision (1989): "...forms of male and female genital mutilation that are conducted as a matter of social and religious custom...constitute "Acts of torture (and) cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" within the language and intent of Article 5 of the "United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights"; and From: "Genital Pain vs. Genital Pleasure: Why The One and Not The Other", Truth Seeker (July/August 1989), stated: "....the confounding of pain and pleasure in the developing brain provides the neuropsychological foundation for individuals who must experience pain to experience pleasure, or who derive pleasure from the experience of pain (sado-masochism)....these developmental experiences of genital pain and affectional deprivation preclude the possibility of realizing the spiritual dimensions of human sexuality.
Price, Meril-Jean—USA The non-sensical habit of hacking at the genitals of our children shows us yet to be barbarians. Later, the witless scratching of our heads as to why they grow up aggressive, sexually dysfunctional, learning disabled, autistic, Ausberger's and who knows what all else, shows that we have not grasped the first thing about logic. If you doubt this, have a friend or doctor cut or scrape your labia away, shave some of of the skin from your penis, without anesthesia. Have them remind you that this is a cultural, religious or medical necessesity. Then go forth and live your life for the next few decades. Note how you now feel about your world--friends, family, body, energy, knowledge and what is necessary and what is not. Madness.
Prince, Charles—USA I wish I could have talked my wife out of circumcising our three sons. I feel terrible about it and I will do all I can to prevent my grandsons form being circumcised. CP
Prophet, William—USA Infant male circumcision is blatant genital mutilation and should be made illegal worldwide.
Purcell, Sarah—USA No one should have the right to remove healthy, living, functional tissue (such as foreskin) from another human being without that human's fully informed consent. EVER. For ANY reason.
Purdy, Robert—USA All circumcision of infants and children is torture and a violation of human rights.

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