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
Sage-Kaplan, Victoria—USA I believe that this is a barbaric practice that needs to be ended through educating and enlightening the ignorant public.
sahala, darjee—USA I am studying to be a licensed midwife and i personally will continue the struggle to truly inform parents of the effects of circumcision and sway as many of their decisions as possible!!
Salk, Jonas—USA Humanist of The Year (1976) Discovered vaccine for poliomyelitis (1954); and Founder, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, stated in a personal letter to Dr. Prescott, April 19, 1995: You may add my name to those in support of the Montagu Resolution expressing opposition to the genital mutilation of children.
Salmon, George—USA I think circumcision for neo natal boys should be against the law just as it is for ALL females. Baby boys deserve the same protection against genital mutilation as baby girls do. Cut a girl and you would go to jail and rightly so.
Salvi, Laurel—USA The systematic lack of full disclosure and education about circumcision by our nation's medical community has generations of new parents following in their parents' footsteps, choosing to circumcise their newborn baby boys, without questioning why. It is incumbent upon our leaders now to stop this unnecessary barbaric practice and restore the rights of the newborn boy. The newborn does not have a voice in this decision, nor is he given the opportunity to consent (this comes with age) if he is circumcised at birth. The fact that this procedure continues to be done to our most innocent members of society is proof of our governments' daily failure to protect the rights of our children. It is appalling that this practice still exists. If new parents were given the most current information regarding circumcision, I'm sure more of them would not opt for it. It is time now for our government to protect our youngest, most vulnerable, and most helpless from this barbaric practice. Parents - get educated! Spread the word! STOP INFANT MUTILATION!
Samieske, Roland—USA To anyone with half a brain, it should be obvious that these practices are damaging to an individuals physical and psychological well-being.
Sampson, Nekesa—Kenya If someone thinks the small foreskin contains germs waranting its surgical removal,how much more germs are habored under the vaginal labia,lips etc?
sandman, aubrey—United Kingdom I am on the Committee of Norm UK
Santomauro, Michael—USA Separated at Birth by Mark Jenkins Men’s Health, pages 130-135,163 - July/August 1998 For must see SHOCKING photographs go to the LINK: http://www.noharmm.org/separated.htm --------------------------------------------------------------------- --- Excerpt: “I had ample sexual experience, and I was quite happy as an intact male,” says Rick Thomas, who was circumcised on advice of his doctor at age 26. “After my circumcision, that pleasure was utterly gone. On a scale of 10, the uncircumcised penis experiences pleasure of at least 11 or 12; the circumcised penis is lucky to get to 3. If men who were circumcised at birth knew the loss of pleasure they would experience, they would storm the hospitals and not permit their sons to undergo this.” Start: EVERY 30 seconds a baby boy is circumcised. It is the most common surgery performed in America. It is usually done without anesthesia, and often without the consent of the parents. “I never questioned it,” says Kyle Joseph, the father of a circumcised boy. “The doctor took him away, performed the operation and brought him back. That’s just the way it was done. I was circumcised; he was circumcised. I don’t even remember signing a consent form.” That’s typical, according to Craig Shoemaker, M.D., a North Dakota pediatrician and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) task force on circumcision. “Many doctors do not adequately counsel parents regarding circumcision—what the risks are, what the potential benefits are, how much it costs. Performing a circumcision without such counseling is inappropriate. Some people would call it criminal assault.” Most parents don’t know what circumcision really is, and yet 65 percent of them still allow doctors to do the surgery. America is the only country in the Western world that routinely circumcises newborn boys. Eighty-five percent of the world’s men are uncircumcised. “The practice violates all seven principles of the American Medical Association’s code of ethics,” charges George Denniston, M.D., a Seattle physician and founder of Doctors Opposing Circumcision. “By definition it’s not even surgery. Surgery is removal of diseased tissue, or a repair of some kind.” “Nonsense,” says Edgar Schoen, M.D., director of perinatal screening at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, and an outspoken proponent of circumcision. “There are numerous medical reasons for it.” This pro and con argument has been raging in the medical community for almost three decades. Meanwhile, the circumcisions continue. Each baby boy is sg clamps, and a scal If you’re like most American men, you’re circumcised. But you probably haven’t given it any thought since junior high school, when you first noticed that not every kid in the locker room looked the same. In fact, if you’re single or childless now, you may think that it’s purely a father/son issue of little concern to you. Think again. “Circumcision removes one-third to one-half of the skin on the penile shaft,” says Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., executive director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston and author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma. “The average circumcision cuts off what would grow into about 12 square inches of sexuallysensitive skin.” According to Canadian pathologist John Taylor, M.B., the foreskin is one of the key erogenous zones of the male body. Its 240 feet of nerves and 1,000 nerve endings are similar to those on the fingers and lips. “The fact is,” says Goldman, “when it comes to sex, circumcised men don’t know what they’re missing.” But a few do. Increasingly, men who were circumcised as adults (for various medical reasons) are speaking out against circumcision, providing firsthand accounts of sex before and after. “I had ample sexual experience, and I was quite happy as an intact male,” says Rick Thomas, who was circumcised on advice of his doctor at age 26. “After my circumcision, that pleasure was utterly gone. On a scale of 10, the uncircumcised penis experiences pleasure of at least 11 or 12; the circumcised penis is lucky to get to 3. If men who were circumcised at birth knew the loss of pleasure they would experience, they would storm the hospitals and not permit their sons to undergo this.” Douglas MacArthur, a 55-year-old locksmith from Pennsylvania who was also circumcised as an adult, reports similar problems. “Sex before circumcision was like driving a luxury car with automatic transmission,” he explains. “I used to just glide along. Sex now is like driving a tiny, powerless compact with a manual transmission. It takes a lot of work to get anywhere. My penis has lost 90 percent of its sensitivity. Only in the last decade have scientists devoted in-depth studies to the structure and function of the foreskin. The foreskin is a complex, two-layer organ similar to the eyelid; it’s designed to protect the head of the penis from abrasion and infection. Its surface represents 50 percent of all penile skin, and folds around the opening of the penis. Its inside surface is composed of a soft mucosa that secretes antibacterial and antiviral lubricants called smegma, which further protect the glans from friction and infection. Because the glans is sheathed in this moist envelope, it retains its sensitivity. During sex, the foreskin glides along the penile shaft, providing lubrication and stimulation. Says one spouse of her uncircumcised husband: “There’s a big industry in this country selling lubricants and jellies to enhance sex, but they’re unnecessary for those of us lucky enough to have married an uncircumcised man. An intact man’s glans is naturally moist and juicy.” Outside of the Jewish community, where it’s a religious rite, circumcision was practically unheard of in America until 1870, when Lewis Sayre, M.D., claimed to have cured a 5-year-old boy of paralysis by stretching out his foreskin and snipping it off. For the next two decades, Dr. Sayre and his associates crusaded for circumcision, claiming it could cure hip-joint disease, epilepsy, hernia, convulsions, elephantiasis, poor eyesight, tuberculosis, and rectal prolapse, among other things. This was all disproved, of course, and circumcision would probably have vanished from the American medical scene had its backers not found a compelling new way to sell it: as a cure for masturbation. To the publicly puritanical but privately lascivious Victorians, masturbation was the root of numerous social maladies and physical illnesses, including blindness and even insanity. Naturally, they believed, if circumcision could prevent masturbation, it would prevent other diseases as well. Doctors of the time reported that “removal of the protective covering of the glans tends to dull the sensibility” of the penis and “thereby diminishes sexual appetite.” In 1888, John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., of cereal fame, summed up the medical profession’s opinion and gave justification for the next 60 years of foreskin removal. “A remedy for masturbation which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind.” By the end of World War II it was clear that circumcision was not stopping men from masturbating; but, by then, the procedure was institutionalized. It had become the norm for white, middle-class American men. The uncircumcised were often recent immigrants or African-Americans. Probably as a result of racial prejudice, the uncircumcised penis was viewed as unhygienic and unclean. But this, too, turns out to be false. “The uncircumcised penis is self-cleaning,” explains Robert Van Howe, M.D., a pediatrician from Wisconsin who has been studying the causes of circumcision for 20 Years. “Every time you urinate, you flush out the preputial cavity. The hygiene issue was just another excuse. Since its inception, circumcision has been a surgery looking for a rationale. First it was disease, then masturbation, then hygiene; now it’s back to disease.” In 1971 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated that circumcision was medically unnecessary. At the time more than 80 percent of American baby boys were circumcised. Then in 1989, the AAP released a new position paper that equivocated: “Newborn circumcision has potential medical benefits, as well as disadvantages and risks.” Still, by the following year, the rate was down to 59 percent. Dr. Schoen chaired the AAP task force that made that reversal. He still stands by the position, claiming that the foreskin is the genital equivalent of the appendix, and that newborn circumcision is “a preventive health measure analogous to immunization.” “The most important health benefit of circumcision is the decreased risk of urinary-tract infections,” explains Dr. Schoen, citing a well-known 1985 study, which he says has since been “overwhelmingly confirmed” by other studies. But Martin Altschul, M.D., a pediatrician and M.I.T.-trained mathematician, has reexamined theevidence and finds it fraught with problems. “The whole body of research on this issue is a how-to-lie-with-statistics classic,” argues Dr. Altschul. “Depending on how you collect the data, you can get almost any result you want.” Dr. Altschul’s own research also found that many of the urinary-tract infections in uncircumcised boys were “attributable to congenital anomalies.” Recently, several studies have suggested that neonatal circumcision may actually increase the infection rate. Dr. Schoen cites two other medical benefits of circumcision, namely decreased risks of developing penile cancer and contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV and syphilis. “You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to suffer from penile cancer,” counters Dr. Van Howe. “Japan, Norway, Finland, and Denmark all have lower rates than the United States, and they don’t circumcise their boys.” In fact, in 1996, representatives of the American Cancer Society wrote a letter to the AAP in which they pointed out that “fatalities caused by circumcision accidents may approximate the mortality rate from penile cancer.” The letter also stated that “perpetuating the mistaken belief that circumcision prevents cancer is inappropriate.” “Penile cancer is extremely rare-less than one case for every 100,000 men,” adds Dr. Altschul. “It’s preposterous to even suggest that because we have some minuscule risk of disease, we should cut off the foreskin of every little boy.” “Breast cancer in women is common,” says Dr. Denniston, “more common than all the purported health risks of the foreskin combined. Does that justify cutting off all breasts at puberty?” What about circumcised men and STDs? A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that circumcised men did have a lower incidence of syphilis and HIV. But they had a higher rate of infection with herpes, hepatitis, and chlamydia. Overall, the study authors wrote, “We found no evidence of a prophylactic role for circumcision, and a slight tendency in the opposite direction.” “The bottom line,” says Dr. Denniston, “is that the alleged benefits of circumcision don’t approach the risks.” July 3,1991; Oakland, California: While circumcising a 12-hour-old baby, the doctor cuts off one-third of the glans.· The severed head is “reattached,” but the child is disfigured. A court awards the minor plaintiff $256,000. September 12,1992; San Diego, California: During a circumcision, a doctor cuts off a boy’s glans. The doctor claims that since there is “no apparent loss of function,” he met the standard of care. A jury awards the minor plaintiff $36,400 in damages. July 18, 1995; Houston, Texas: A 5-year-old boy goes into a coma while being circumcised. He dies a week later. “The complication rate for circumcision varies from 2 to 6 percent,” says Dr. Van Howe. “The average male will have more health problems from being circumcised than from being left alone.” Some medical professionals believe that circumcision for other than religious purposes would disappear from America if it weren’t covered by insurance. This is what happened in England, where the circumcision rate prior to World War II was roughly equivalent to that in the United States. After the war, British doctors could find no compelling evidence to continue the surgery, and it was dropped from the list of covered services. Within a decade, the circumcision rate dropped from 50 percent among the working class and 85 percent among the upper class to less than half a percent in both. “Why is this procedure still covered by HMOs and health-insurance companies? The simple answer is, because parents want it,” says Patricia Wald, M.D., regional coordinating chief of pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in southern California. There, doctors counsel parents so they’re making an informed decision, and don’t perform the operation unless asked. “We cover it as a courtesy. But to me it’s cosmetic surgery, like ear piercing.” Circumcision is estimated to be a $400 million business in America. The average cost of the procedure ranges from $50 to $350, with $115 being the average. The usual insurance reimbursement to doctors is around $95. Dr. Van Howe claims that a busy doctor can generate $25,000 a year from circumcisions alone. But Dr. Shoemaker disputes the contention that money alone lies behind the practice. “After you counsel the parents appropriately and do the procedure,” Dr. Shoemaker explains, “it’s not a profitable use of time.” Circumcision is the only surgery in America routinely performed without anesthesia. Sixty-four to 96 percent of circumcised infants endure the procedure with nothing to deaden the pain. Until recently, doctors often told parents they didn’t feel the same pain as adults. “I didn’t know what circumcision really was when I consented to have my three sons circumcised,” says Marilyn Milos, founder and executive director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC). “My doctor told me it was necessary, that it didn’t hurt, and that it took only a moment to perform-like cutting the umbilical cord, I thought.” Ten years after her last son was born, Milos went back to school to become a registered nurse. As a student, she was asked to assist at a circumcision. “To see a part of a baby’s penis being cut off – without an anesthetic – was devastating.” Later, while working as a nurse, she made a videotape of the procedure and called it Informed Consent. “Parents had no idea what was happening to their baby boys,” she explains. “The point was to show them what circumcision really entailed.” The hospital, Marin General in California, refused to allow expectant parents to view the tape. “They said it was too much for parents to see. I said, ‘Then perhaps it’s too much for babies to experience.’” In 1985, Milos founded NOCIRC. “It’s all such an unspeakable cover-up. The doctors are in denial, so the hospitals are in denial, so the parents are intentionally, illegally uninformed. Circumcision is the worst fraud in American medical history.” Recent studies support Milos’ gut reaction to unanesthetized circumcision. A recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that “newborns...who did not receive an anesthetic suffered great distress during and following the circumcision, and they were exposed to unnecessary risk (from choking or apnea).” The report goes on to say that the skill of the surgeon did not reduce the pain, and that infantile amnesia (the “he-won’ t-remember-it-anyway” argument) can’t justify it. But even if doctors did use anesthesia, the reduction in pain would have to be measured against other concerns, such as the danger of using potent painkillers on day-old babies. Then there is the question about how long the hurt lasts. “Circumcision causes such traumatic pain in newborns that it may have damaging effects upon the developing brain,” says James Prescott, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Humanistic Science in Long Beach, California. A psychologist who has written extensively on childhood trauma and its long-term effects, Prescott says the stress of circumcision damages the neural systems that mediate genital pleasure. In effect, he says, the baby’s brain is encoded to associate pain with pleasure. In fact, the pain is so severe that it’s not unusual for babies to go into a kind of shock, suddenly becoming silent and ceasing to struggle. Ten years after Milos founded her organization, 24 nurses at the St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, declared themselves “conscientious objectors to infant circumcision.” Later, several of them formed Nurses for the Rights of the Child. “Our goal is to protect unconsenting infants and children from surgical alteration of their genitals,” says co-founder Mary Conant. Two years ago attorney J. Steven Svoboda, a former Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School, founded Attorneys for the Rights of the Child. “Our position is that circumcision is medical malpractice,” he explains. “The medical profession, which has perpetuated this tragic disfigurement of baby boys’ genitals, will now be challenged by an organization of legal professionals.” The courts are already considering cases. On July 22, 1995, a jury in Montgomery, Alabama, found Jackson Hospital and Clinic guilty of negligence in a case where a newborn was mistakenly circumcised against his mother’s wishes. The minor plaintiff was awarded $65,000. Most of the world’s leading medical establishments have come out against this surgery. “Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed,” says the Canadian Paediatric Society. “To circumcise...would be unethical and inappropriate,” says the British Medical Association. The Australasian [Australia and New Zealand] Association of Paediatric Surgeons states: “Neonatal male circumcision has no medical indication. It is a traumatic procedure performed without anesthesia to remove a normal, functional and protective prepuce.” The AAP is expected to publish its new position on circumcision sometime this year. “This is just my opinion,” says task-force member Dr. Shoemaker, “but I think the Academy is going to say there’s not enough medical evidence to recommend routine circumcision – but that there’s also not enough evidence to say it shouldn’t be done at all.” If this happens, the position paper will again be subject to interpretation, and it will be of little guidance. Kent Kleppinger, M.D., a pediatrician who performs circumcisions, says, “I tell parents circumcision is cosmetic surgery. It isn’t difficult to dissuade the mothers, but the fathers generally override their decisions. They want their boys to look like other boys in the locker room. They want their boys to look like them.” Like father, like son. This may be one of the hidden reasons why infant boys are still circumcised in America. But Shell Thompson, an editor for a national outdoor magazine and father of two boys, finds the “locker-room argument” specious. “I was a fat kid, a tub boat. I was teased unmercifully when I was a teenager. But so were the skinny kids and the kids with acne and the kids with red hair. At that age, boys will find something to pick on, no matter what’s between their legs.” Thompson was circumcised as an infant but chose not to circumcise his boys, a decision that is becoming increasingly common. Rates for circumcision are dropping all over the country. On the West Coast they’re already down to 34 percent. By the time a baby born today takes his first junior-high shower, he may be in the minority if he’s circumcised. It may all come down to the basic human rights of the child. In 1996, the Canadian Medical Association approved a code of ethics that instructs doctors to “refuse to participate in or support practices that violate basic human rights.” This suggests that, in the case of circumcision, parental preference should not override thechild’s physical rights to his body. Margaret Somerville, professor of law and medicine at McGill University in Montreal and founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, recently raised the hair on the necks of all North American pediatricians by declaring circumcision “technically criminal assault.” “Once you decide that circumcision is not medically necessary, you take away the therapeutic intent. Take away therapeutic intent, and circumcision becomes an unjustified wounding,” she says. Leo Sorger, M.D., writing in ObGYN News, is even more explicit: “Circumcision causes pain, trauma, and a permanent loss of protective and erogenous tissue. Removing normal, healthy, functioning tissue [for no medical reason]... violates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 13).” In September 1996, the United States Congress passed a law banning the mutilation of female genitalia. “Americans are horrified by female genital mutilation,” says attorney Svoboda, “but they somehow don’t recognize the routine torture going on in their own culture.” He acknowledges that a clitoridectomy is a more serious and detrimental surgery than circumcision, but he argues that “human-rights law doesn’t say if you cut off four toes, it’s a human rights violation, but if you cut off only three, it’s okay. That’s not how human-rights law works. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Involuntary circumcision is wrong.” --------------------------------------------------------------------- --- The foreskin is peeled away like the rind of an orange. The baby is still crying. After several minutes, the doctor removes the clamp, pops off his gloves, and leaves. The nurse quickly applies an antiseptic ointment and returns the trembling child to his parents. --------------------------------------------------------------------- --- F O R  M O R E  I N F O R M A T I O N,  C O N T A C T: * NOCIRC (415) 488-9883 www.nocirc.org * Circumcision Resource Center (617) 523-0088 www.circumcision.org * American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org =========== Chinese Axiom: When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. --Confucius ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Peace is patriotic! 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Santos, Deirdre—USA My son is an intact young man, before i ever went into nursing i knew that if i were every lucky enough to have a little boy, i would never harm him in that way. I always tell my patients there is no medical indication for circumcision, yet they glibly request it for their sweet, perfect little boys...frustrates me no end.
savoie, dwayne—USA i am a 35 year old male. being cut was not a choice i was to make i was robbed and had living flesh cut off of my body.by a medical proffesional? a choise i still cant except! the practis of circumcision needs to be banned.i will never know what it is to be normal.in my eyes i am handycapped living flesh was cut off.why?why not correct my ears.thay were large.why didnt the dr fix that he cut off my fucking cock and law let him.i will never know what it is to normal.now i suffer.who will award me for my lost.who? who? no one there is no one to protect the rights of newborns.i want my body corrected iwant the cock that god gave me.he gave me forsinf 2 arme 2legs 2 eyes it is all there for a reason.he gave me what i would need for the rest of my life.but a dr thought i didnt need half of my cock but it was ok by law for him to cut it off. so by his hands i am handycapped. and why dont i get a check for this these are my coments on this matter and how i feel. i want to be corrected. dwayne j savoie
scahill, john—USA it's barbarism and brutality and another fine example of one of the many ill effects of religion.
Schaad, Peter—USA there is no proof of any benefit to mutilating boys. this is an old wives tale that needs to go away. Body modification should not be done with out consent of the person as an adult when they can make an informed decision. Plarbaric practiceeasae stop this b
Schmidt, Kelsi—USA Over the past couple years I have learned a great deal about genital mutilation and am firmly against it. I can only hope more people become educated on the subject and start making better choices when it comes to altering their child's body.
Schmitt, Erik—Germany Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren! Wenn Du Dich beschneiden lassen mchtest, solltest Du darber selbst entscheiden knnen und das auch als Kind drfen, d. h. Operationszeitpunkt, Operationstechnik, Operateur und ausfhrende Klinik sind vom Patienten selbst zu bestimmen, nicht aber von Erziehungsberechtigten (Eltern) oder rzten ohne persnliche Einwilligung des Betroffenen... Mit freundlichen Gren Erik Stefan Schmitt.
Schneider, John—USA It is a horrible crime that medical professionals prey on our infants, exploiting their genitals for their own profit. The ignorance of the masses, and our society's pathological views of sexuality are the only reasons that routine genital mutilation is allowed to continue.
Schroeder, Jocasta—USA A child has full rights to their body and to well being from birth. They rely on their caregivers and parents to ensure that those rights are kept intact until they are able to exercise them on their own behalf. The mutilation of genitals is a violation of the stewardship bestowed by nature on those of us who care for children. We must act against the tide of reasons that people use to justify this atrocity!
Schultz, Curt—USA Circumcision is the most prevalent and overlooked form of childhood sexual abuse in the United States. It is a crime against the child, and a crime against humanity. We MUST stop this vicious assault on our children's genitals by the financially driven doctors who have sworn "and first you shall do no harm."
Schulz, Felicia—USA We do not stand for female genital mutilation despite cultural differences, we should not be tolerant of male genital mutilation.
Schutt, Carl—USA Cut paper, not penises.
Scinto, Isabelle—USA I believe the body is a very personnal thing and shoould not be altered by anyone else. We are all born with the same parts..there is absolutely no valuable reason to cut or alter the way our bodies are made! It is monstrous!!
Sclafani, Paul—USA As an intact male, I always felt shame at not being normal while I was growing up. As an adult, I accept and love myself for who I am. Other than this, I gave circumcision little thought until I had my own son. He is intact and we never even debated the issue. Now that I have read what other parents go through regarding forced or unaskedfor circumcision of their newborns and I have a greater understanding of the process, I am horrified that we live in a society where the mutilation of our children is at best ignored and at worst celebrated. If this proceedure is to remain elective, then parents should be well informed before they decide to mutilate their children. I wish we could go so far as to make it illegal so that children would never suffer from the ignorance of those that love them most.
Scofield, Louise—USA I believe that God created the human body the way it is and we have no right at all to chop off and mutilate a childs body for any reason! The foreskin is not a disease that needs to be rid of! It is a crucial part of a males anatomy that deserves respect just like any other part of the body. Any human being that does this do another should be prosecuted under the law for child abuse (male or female). It angers me that here in the US girls are given more creedance than boys, our baby boys go unprotected still. Shame on our society!
Scott, Nicholas—Australia Circumcision is a violation of the human right of bodily integrity, and as such must be stopped in all civilized nations.
Scouten, Melanie—USA Every person, male and female, deserves the right to stay whole and intact as they were born.
seabaugh, david—USA circumsision is evil, abusive, damaging and totally uncalled for in the strongest terms.
Sears, Daisy—USA I think its 100% wrong and agree with you guys about stopping it.
Seitz, Douglas—USA My cock rocks! Intact power!
Sewell, Christopher—United Kingdom RIC (Routine Infant Circumcision) is an abomination performed on helpless, unconsenting children. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is already outlawed by most civilised nations. No legislation against Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) is currently in place. BOTH should be made universally illegal.
Sexty, Loretta—USA I, without thought, allowed my precious son to be circumcised, 26 years ago, in 1977. He had to have "corrective" surgery when he was a few months old. The horror cannot be described. Only then did I start to investigate circumcsion. With the birth of my second son (a homebirth 4 years later), his penis was left intact. I URGE legislation to PROHIBIT the routine circumcision of male infants. Thanks for allowing me this voice.
Shaffer, Anne—USA The reason I came to be involved in the anti-circumcision movement is mainly because of my son, Morgan. (Born 10/26/98) Before his arrival I never gave the issue of circumcision much thought, and I really did not know what it entailed. The internet has been my main source of education, and what I learned about circumcision appalled and outraged me. I felt that I needed to do more than sit back and quietly oppose it. So, I started getting involved in trying to educate people about the damage & harm circumcision causes.
Shah, Aadil—United Kingdom I am incensed by the ability of adults to justify mutilating their babies in the name of religion. If someone other than "The Parents" was to order the involuntary severance of a part of a babies body (without anesthetic) the world would be shocked, why is it ok for parents to do the same without any repercussion. Ignorance is no excuse. I have been in counseling most of my adult life due to being circumcised. I've suffered physical pain and psychological disease as a result. If circumcision is a pre-requisite of being a Muslim then it should be a choice. After all, if god made me then why did he put the foreskin there? Our bodies do not house anything that is unnecessary, every part performs a function and is needed. will we soon be justifying other types of child mutilation in the name of religion? We live in the 21st century why are human rights organizations failing to see genital mutilation as a problem?
Shah—United Kingdom Non-therapeutic genital surgery should be illegal for all human beings, irrespective of gender.
Shane, Tim—USA Foster Parent of the Year, Foothills Area Programs, North Carolina
Shaver, Zachary—Canada Appalling, barbaric, and brutal. That is all I have to say.
SHELLING, REBECCA—USA IT IS SIMPILLLY NATURES LAWS NOT TO ALTER THE BODY EXSPECIALLY THOSE WE DO NOT OWN WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PERFORM EXPERIMENTAL ALTERATIONS ON A HUMAN WHO HAS NO SAY SO
Sherwood, John—United Kingdom As petition
Shewchuk, Katrina—Canada It is a disgusting, malichious act that should have been long ago banned.
Shoemakere, Kevin—USA Wasn't there a law already made in colonial times banning religious rituals that were harmful? Like, snake bites for instance. Circumcision has nearly no medical justification anymore (due to the invention of bathing), so there should be no reason to continue mutilating children. Parents should not have the right to remove an arm and a leg from their child, just as they should not have the right to remove foreskin.
Shumate, Thomas—USA I find this to be a complete atrocity that must be stopped.
Shusterman, Rachel—USA In this day and age, how can sexual mutilation still be considered a "standard procedure"? And to "fit in"?
Siddiqi, Salman—India Circumcision is quite possibly the worst thing a parent could do to drive their children away from them. I say this having been circumcised in the name of religion, and now being an atheist who, primarily because of this, hates his parents. No child is born into a religion, and no child should be subject to any physical or mental torture at the hands of one. Especially since the procedure is IRREVERSIBLE, it should NOT be carried out without consent of the individual whom it most affects. If we look at an activity such as consensual sex, which is relatively harmless in comparison, individuals are usually deemed unable to provide consent until at least 16. Why should circumcision be allowed at the sole discretion of the parents when the child is only just born, given the range of anaesthetics and number of doctors available today? And what if we allowed parents to have their children tattooed at birth - there would be an outcry, even though a tattoo could be removed. This just shows you how easily There is no excuse for allowing something so barbaric.
Siegel, Vincent—USA A truly worthy cause
Siever, Mary—Canada I believe in the right to choose circumcision or not, and since a baby cannot choose, he should not have that choice wrenched from him. My children are intact, and all my children will be.
Sigismond—France TOTAL
Simms, Monika—USA It needs to be stopped. There is no need!
Sims, Byington—USA Genital mutilation is just another Draconian thing to degrade humanity.
Sion, Dana—USA MGM must be put to an end and mass public education is the way.
Sivrais, Tedd—USA Was circumsized at birth-would rather be uncircumsized but did not have any say in the matter-that is morally and should be legally wrong.
Siwiec, Richard—USA Stop (Male) circumcision of infants and children.. Make it law
Sizemore , David—USA I suffer from PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from mine & my son's circumcision on March 18, 1992. I have been suffering from PTSD since 3/18/1992 and Clinical Depression. The head of my penis is so carationized that I have lost much sensitization and sexual feeling since I have been an adult around 18 years old or so!
Skaff, Mariana—USA This needed to be done a long time ago, it's about time!!! Thank you.
Smedsrud, Hans—Norway All human beings have a supreme right to decide over their own genetials.
Smelko, C—USA Common sense should tell you that we are not born with extra parts, nothing needs to be removed unless it is causing immediate disease.
Smith, Cynthia—USA I am only now at age 42 becoming aware of the huge loss a male suffers under "normal" circumcision. I never even considered that the circumcision procedure could go wrong. I have enormous regret in that I was so ill-informed at the time of my 20 year old son's birth, that I did not research the topic of circumcision and that I permitted him to experience such mutilation.
Smith, Harrison—USA I was circumcised as a baby boy. I used to think of it as a trivial piece of my history, but now that I look at the facts, I realize a part of my body was stolen from me. I fully support all organizations who make an effort to put a stop to this brutal practice.
Smith, Howard—Canada Circumcision is the most pointless and barbaric custom still practiced by so-called 'modern' man. Quite how so many medical professionals can violate the hippocratic oath on a regular basis is incomprehensible.
Smith, Michael—USA God made us in his own image. He didn't include dotted lines for alterations.
Smith, Natalie —Qatar The pain and problems caused by circumcision to boys in "priviledged western societies" is just as appalling as circumcision of children under any other conditions or circumstances. This must get out into the mainstream.
Smith, Stephen—USA Circumcision and genital mutilation is torture of the most helpless of humanity.
Smith, Tina—USA I have an intact son and I am sickened that this procedure was done to all the men in my life (other than my son) without there being any reason for it. Its cruel, its excrutiatingly painful, and its ridiculous to even put a baby through it. This must end.
Smith, Warren—USA Director, NOCIRC of New Jersey since February, 1988.
smtih, ryan—USA why would The Creator create us with foreskin if He intended it to be violently removed as a baby?
Soemer, John—USA I am a victim of male genital mutilation, and very bitter about it. I believe all children should be entitled to the integrity of their genitals. Without medical necessity, all male and female genital mutilation should be against the law. Currently, and thankfully, the United States does protect minor females. I am pleased to see that, however, I believe that there should NOT BE ANY GENDER BIAS in this law. I believe it could be expanded to cover both genders with no loss of protection to anyone. I would NOT desire to see ANY loss of protection for females, I would just like to see the same protection for males. Thank you, John Soemer
sokoloski, marie—USA I think this is a great idea. It should have been enacted years ago.
Sommers, Jim—USA It's mutilation. There is nothing else to say.
SoRelle, Emlyn—USA When I found out I was pregnant with my first son I began researching circumcision. After hours of research on both ends of the spectrum I decided not to circumcise my son. I am horrified that a practice such as this still exists. I look forward to the day that my son understands what I did for him - giving him his right to decide - and thanks me for it.
Sorger, Leo—USA I refuse to do them and work to end this barbaric mutilation.
Sorrells, Morris—USA Being a Pediatrician, I have been aware of the controversy in this country over neonatal male circumcision. As I have studied this issue, I have become totally convinced that it is wrong to subject a child to genital mutilation without a clear and present medical necessity just as we would not sanction any other unnecessary surgical procedure in a minor child who cannot give consent. As someone who has found great personal value in spiritual/religious practices, I deeply respect people of faith, but I find it difficult to justify inflicting genital wounding and amputation of body parts on a child who is unable to give his/her consent.
Soto, Juan—Costa Rica Circumcision and all related archaic obssesion with genital desfiguration should stop now.
Souders, Sharon—USA Mutilation of the body in any form breaks my heart. To mutilate without consent seems criminal.
Soule, Thad—USA Do No Harm
Southgate, Jessica—United Kingdom I firmly believe that all people- male, female, young, old- deserve to be intact, to enjoy every ounce of pleasure dictated by their full set of genitalia, and to be the master of their own fate. It should be illgal for anyone to perform any modification on an unconconsenting person- whether it be genitals or any other body part- regardless of religion or culture. The rights of the individual to self-determination outweigh any percieved "right" of their parent to alter their body in any way, shape, or form.
Sowerbutts, Heather—Canada No child should be submitted to the common practice of genital mutilation. If the children in question were female, there would be international public outcry. The medical profession needs to keep up with the times and realize that there is NO need for the genital mutilation of our boys and that it is a deplorable practice that should be subject to disciplinary measures by medical associations everywhere.
Spigner, Tora—USA As a nurse and mother, I believe that all people are entitled to keep the bodies they are born in. No one has the right to alter anyone else's body without their consent and that is what infant circumcision does. I provide doula services only for couples who plan to breastfeed and who will not circumcise.
Splichal, Mike—USA What an honor it is to support this declaration and resolution! I strongly believe ALL children -- male and female -- deserve the right to grow up with intact bodies, as nature intended. I am hopeful future generations will look back upon circumcision as an archaic, cruel practice that has no place in any society.
Spock, Benjamin—USA Humanist of The Year (1968) Internationally renowned pediatrician and author of "Baby and Child Care", stated in its Sixth Edition (1985): "Now that circumcision is not recommended to stop masturbation and now that the theory about cervical cancer has been disproved, there is no excuse for the operation- except as a religious rite. And retraction is painful and unnecessary. So, I strongly recommend leaving the foreskin alone." And in Redbook, April, 1989, he wrote: "My own prefernce, if I had the good fortune to have another son, would be to leave his little penis alone."
Spriestersbach, Joshua—USA If circumcision doesn't cause post-traumatic stress disorder then I don't know what would...and if the geneology of Genesis were correct we'd all be so inbred that circumcision really would be "cutting edge" technology. The time has come to confront the myth of Shem and all the mutilation that followed. If Genesis were to be believed we would all have the same Y chromosome AND mitachondrial DNA...this simply isn't the case...so why was I cut? E=MxC if C=1 then 1=0
St-Amant, Stephanie—Canada Intactivists of all countries, consider that routine episiotomy practiced in childbirth is also a genital mutilation that cuts clitoral nerves. All scientifical studies on episiotomy show that it is not medically justified and it is a lot more risky than beneficial. Praise for evidence based medicine!
Stahl, Jennifer—USA When will our country take notice of this insanity and say NO to genital mutilation!
Stamas, Edward—USA Thanks, Dr. Montagu.
Steffe, Michael—USA It is the duty of every adult to protect children. Circumcision on a helpless child is extremely painful (physical and psychological), it is one of the cruelest kinds of rape one can imagine and it is nothing less once you really start thinking about it. We have to bring those who advertise, promote or execute this barbaric procedure to justice no matter what religion or society they belong to. I recommend that we find them and put them on a list which contains their names, possibly a picture of them and their web pages or any other information about them which may also include the words they are using to deceive people. We should approach them with a letter or email telling them to stop this perverted and sadistic rape on children immediately, otherwise they will get onto the list of perpetrators. This way we will have a record of them when the time comes for them to be arrested. On second thought, why negotiate with a known rapist? A more effective way would be to arrest them immediately because every day they are at large they are endangering and raping more children. If governments fail to pass laws to protect our children, then we have to take things into our own hands otherwise we are just as guilty as those governments who let it happen. We have to form people tribunals which will bring all of them to justice one by one. There are no more excuses to inflict injury on a defenseless child or to mutilate a child's genitalia in the name of God or for any other deceptive reasons. Nobody can consent for a child, not even parents who are supposed to be the “guardians”, it is the child alone who has the right to consent and since a child is unable to do that, it can not be done to it anymore otherwise the true meaning of the word consent is being ignored or misused. We should organize and sue each one of them for rape and intentionally inflicting injuries on helpless children; this way the justice system will be forced not to ignore this crime anymore. It breaks my heart to see those helpless creatures of God being strapped down or overwhelmed by brutal and brainsick adults who hold them down while they inflict this outrageous pain on their centers of love while also mutilating them for life. I have tried to reach circumcisers with the result of either being ignored or getting an arrogant response. Obviously they don’t know yet that the table is starting to turn on them. This is 2006, with the help of the Internet people are finally waking up. We, the people have the power to bring them to justice. We are creating a "Rock Opera" with the purpose to raise global consciousness against circumcision. Anybody interested in becoming a part of this project, please visit http://people.tribe.net/gladiator-warrior-of-love
Stephens, Jay—USA I didn't have a say in the matter, but I want kids to be able to make that decision on their own once they're older.
Stewart, Alex—United Kingdom Genital mutilation is a crime against humanity and must be outlawed.
Stewart, Robert—USA There has never been a doubt in my mind that routine infant circumcision of males is a serious form of mutilation. It should be prohibited whether for religious or cultural reasons. Simply stated, parents are to protect their children -- not subject them to unnecessary pain and body modification, nor surgery which is not medically required.
stewart, shawna—USA I have 5 boys with intact foreskins like their Daddys. None of them heve ever had the least bit of difficulty or sign of infection dispite never pulling back the skin to clean. My husband is from the UK where I also lived for 10 years. Boys are not mutilated there except for religious reasons and my only aquaintance who's son ever had an infection was an American married to a Brit. who had taught her son to pull back the foreskin and wash with soap! Shawna
Still, Greg—USA Just make mutilation and removal of body parts stop!
Stodola, Edward—USA Let's work on this respectful of other cultures.
Stoker, Craig—USA This practice is ridiculous. I will not pretend to remember the pain of being cut or any of that whole mess. I think that male circumcision should be a decision that the male can make himself. If he wants to be cut, then by all means let him. It's when hospitals and doctors who stand to profit from this procedure push and push and push new parents to have this done that it is criminal. I spoke to a friend on why he did not have his sons circumcised and he replied that there was so much going on and that the nurses basically made them feel like they were abusing the child if they did NOT have him circumcision. Like most things that have lost sight of the issue. I am sure that doctors know what they are doing is probably not in the best interest of the child but hey for an few extra hundred dollars to make one snip, hey why not. Then the hospitals sell this skin to researchers and profit in that way also. When the money leaves so will circumcision. In England the practice stopped almost overnight when their health care no longer covered the procedure. I applaud your efforts and would like to help in any way I can. Sign me up, and let's stop this nonsense!!! Craig Stoker
Stoker, Craig—USA it needs to be stopped!!
stone, arlo—USA The child should be given the opportunity to make such a decision for his/herself; Perhaps in a maturation ceremony at puberty's onset or another empowering ritual towards the end of adolescense...
Stone, Lauren—USA ALL children have the RIGHT to be WHOLE. ALL children have to right to be protected from unnecessary surgical procedures.
Stow, Christopher—USA Male and female circumcision are BOTH child abuse and should be treated as a crime.
Strachan, Joshua No one has the right to take it upon themselve to choose for another person to mulilate any part of another persons body.
Strandjord, Daniel—USA My body belongs to me. No one should be allowed to mutilate a child.
Strange, Karen—USA It should be abolished both for females and males throughout the world.
Stretten, Wendy—USA My husband wanted to circumcise our first son at birth however, I persuaded him to bring our child home intact - the doctor gave us one week to make a decision. During that week he fell in love with his baby and could not bring himself to cause him harm or pain. Now another son, and 10 years later, we are beginning to hear about how circumcision reduces a man's sexual pleasure (the difference between black & white and color is how we've heard it described). He is so thankful that he did not just go along with the flow on this issue. Our sons have NEVER felt different and we plan to do a lot of excellent parenting and educating to prepare them for days when they become sexually active in a highly circumcised culture. That is our gift to them and we will be there for them to help them through any difficulties they may encounter along the way. (So far there have been absolutely none.) We are happy that we did not let fear make this decision for us. Good luck to you and all of our sons!
Stroud, Jamie—USA It is wrong in so many ways. You do not cut something off that works perfectly to try to prevent a disease. Especially when those diseases can already be treated in other ways.
Stuart, Anne—USA I participate in the action alerts of Intact America, as well. This "freedom of choice" lies with the child when they reach the age of majority, not with the parents. Parents do not have the right to physically mutilate any child, for any reason, no matter what their religious justification. And physicians must fully educate themselves about the care and progression of genital development, with a hands-off policy. If we have to protect children with the backing of the law, so be it. Our children are the most important aspect of our collective lives, to include the teaching of peaceful resolution of issues national and international, and an end to violent policies, both public and private.
Stukes, Morgan —USA Genital mutilation is wrong and should never have existed. It's time for it to come to an end
sturgis, howard—USA I am intact and do not believe in any sort of routine infant circumcision - even for religious purposes. The first step to banning same might be to cease any and all public funding - no Medicare , Medicaid and no more public hospitals 'donating' the prceedure.
Sullivan, Etienne—USA I am newbie to this movement. My wife had never seen an intact male, which led to an online search. I discovered foreskin restoration in the process and learned that I could restore the sensation to my penis and help with lubrication problems. My current sensations are so deadened that I always dry out my wife before I am finished, usually to the point of hurting, which frustrates both of us. I have done a bit of research on the subject since then and have begun my own restoration. We are already seeing results physically, psychologically, and sensually. Every mammal on this planet has a foreskin and they rarely have problems. Nature wouldn't have given it to us if it didn't serve a purpose. Circumcision is a perverse operation that only benefits phamacutical companies and doctors who are too ignorant to accept the truth. I NEVER would have voluntarily submitted to circumcision.
Sutton, Lisa—USA Every person has the right to bodily integrity. I hope one day that this will be the case.
Swanson, Tammy—USA Any society that commits an atrocity such as circumcision on the most defenseless members of that society are not 'civilized' by any means. They are even more ignorant and barbaric than the ancient people who thought up this torturous blood ritual in the first place. Stop the cycle of abuse! Stop genital mutilations of boys!
Swatt, Marshall—USA I hope that people will be able to learn, through a profound personal reflection and observation of life, that a human being is whole and complete and does not require anything other than love and nourishment and freedom.
Swett, Tom—USA Performing circumcision on minors is a violation of human rights. A society’s acceptance of routine circumcision of unconsenting persons is on a par with a society’s acceptance of human and animal sacrifice. Routine circumcision is a throwback to humanity’s attraction to barbarism and superstition, to choosing myth and ignorance over facts and empirically-based scientific inquiry. Profit, tradition, and a hunger for control over the lives of our children continues to make routine circumcision of unconsenting minors acceptable in the minds of too many adults. Ending infant genital mutilation is long overdue in all places where it is practiced: From the sparsely populated islands of the Pacific Ocean to the impoverished plains of Africa to the wealthy suburbs of North America and all points in between. Take a stand. Speak up and speak out against the people, the businesses, and the organizations that are serving to perpetuate the mutilation of our children. What is defective about a perfectly healthy child who has just been born? Nothing. Not one thing.
Swift, Jon—USA Facing the truth hurts. It's infinitely more difficult for an entire society, such as the US, to admit it made a tragic mistake (especially on an issue as basic as genital integrity) than for any single person to admit error. But it must be done. It's great to see steps being taken in this direction.
Szasz, Thomas—USA Humanist of The Year (1973) Internationally renowned psychiatrist; defender of the people against abuses from the medical profession, particularly psychiatry, stated in his distinguished address before the Third International Symposium On Circumcision (1994): When slavery was a custom, every right-minded person supported it. Nothing is as powerful a legitimizer as social custom, even more powerful than law... Circumcision is a kind of sublimation or improvement over child sacrifice (i.e., it's better to sacrifice the foreskin than the whole child). It's a ritual....Both (MGM and FGM--Male/Female Genital Mutilation) alter the normal anatomy of the genital organs without the consent of the individual. Saying anything more is overkill!
Szurgot, Zot—USA The Declaration and Resolution say it so much better than i could. While female genital mutilation as part of a disempowering cultural construct is of primary concern here, as it should be, the empowerment of individuals as regards their own bodily integrity does carry other implications. It is my hope that the genitals of intersexed individuals, when they pose no health risk, be left uncut for their own later decision, and intersexed individuals must be among the empowered even to the degree of refusing parental wishes for surgeries (when such wishes arise from parental concerns like appearance or social conformity). i also have concerns that removal of the foreskins of ordinary males be left to their own later decision, and that transsexuals seeking surgery be unencumbered by any restrictions save those necessary to prevent the nontranssexual mentally ill from seeking such surgeries. Since transsexuals often are very sure from a very early age of their condition, and transsexuals have a harder time adjusting if delaying their surgeries results in secondary sex characteristics inappropriate to their postsurgical gender role, transsexuals should be permitted to choose genital surgeries for themselves even at or just before the beginning of puberty, with their postsurgical adjustment taken into account as a valid medical criterion. It is wiser if longstanding indigenous tribal patterns be permitted to remain in place among those few who live in traditional ways uninterrupted by incursion of nonindigenous meddling, even when such meddling is done with the best of intentions. As far as i am aware, nonconsensual genital mutilation occurs only in cultures whose traditions are corrupted, influenced, or otherwise interrupted. i myself am unaware of any mandatory genital mutilation that is truly part of an uninterrupted indigenous tribal pattern, but should there be any, special care must be taken to prevent nonindigenous meddling. Protection of individuals must not become an excuse for actions that intentionally or unintentionally interrupt the continuity and viability of indigenous tribal patterns. The loss of tribal sovereignty, or the extinction of tribes and tribal ways, must never become part of a project intended to be of benefit.

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