Menstuff® has compiled information, books, and resources on the issue of circumcision. For clarity, circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin. Clidoridectomy, the surgical removal of clitoris. Infibulation, the surgical removal of the labia, then suturing. Baby foreskin is some of the purest skin available, so medical labs pay hospitals big bucks for tiny penis-hoods, as much as $20,000. Photo upper left is by Jean-Claude Bouvier, on the right "How Could You" to such a beautiful expression of God's love? by Wayne Miller.
A press release regarding information on research that was
done in India reports that "They had severe methodological
flaws. In India, Muslim men are circumcised, but Hindu men
are not circumcised. The two groups studied came from
different religions and cultures." And, "the incidence
of HIV infection in the United States, where most men are
circumcised, is four times higher than the incidence of HIV
infection in Europe where most men are not circumcised." For
. Also, check circumcision Books,
Newsbytes - collection of articles on the subject.
& the CDC
How Do Girls Get Circumcised?
What they don't tell you...........
Something to think about:
We have a large list of
tapes. Here are some of the first sites you should check
US Circumcision Incidence see www.cirp.org/library/statistics/USA/
Normal versus Circumcised: U.S.
Neonatal Male Genital Ratio By Dan Bollinger, Revised:
April, 22, 2003
Normal versus Circumcised: U.S.
Neonatal Male Genital Ratio By Dan Bollinger, Revised:
It is still practiced, often as a religious act, in other cultures. A US federal law and a number of state laws have outlawed female genital cutting, which sets the standard, while at the same time driving the practice underground among immigrants, especially from Africa, who continue the practice in the US. Following the law, an aggressive educational program must be initiated.
Yet, there are no such laws for male children and 60% of all male children in the U.S. are still circumcised compared to .4% in England. To remove the foreskin for hygiene is no more logical than pulling teeth instead of cleaning them. The foreskin is a normal, healthy and necessary body part.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Pediatric Urologic Society state the following: "Circumcision of the male neonate cannot be considered an essential component of adequate total health care." Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics states "A program of education leading to continuing good personal hygiene would offer all the advantages of routine circumcision without the attendant surgical risk."
Independent. "Circumcision is really a most barbaric ritual and shows that religious practices of this sort should be confined to the history books. This man's family is of Jewish origin, but he's glad to say that none of his sons have been subjected to such brutal treatment. Some might say that his sons are not part of the Jewish faith. He says, well then, maybe they're just not cut out for it!" The faith called for the slaughter of animals in religious ritual. The traditional compassion of the Jewish people removed these rituals long before any courts demanded it. But, it seems, that the protection of animals, for some, is more important than the protection from abuse of boy children. Some see this as ritual abuse since it is done to someone without their consent and they are not allowed to decide whether it is their path. Without social pressure, why not include it as part of the Bar Mitzva as a conscious decision each boy makes on his own. Otherwise, get rid of the moils and go back to the original ritual where the father circumcised his own son. Then see how long the practice continues.
Pediatrics. Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) does not reduce the pain during and immediately following circumcision. "The pain of circumcision is too severe to be controlled by a mild analgesic," they concluded, even though most circumcisions in the U.S. are done without any pain killers. Babies do experience great and persistent pain during and after the surgery, based on crying, increased heart and breathing rates and other measurements, which also seems to interfere with breastfeeding in some babies.
Alice Miller, author of many books including Banished Knowledge and Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, regarding circumcision. She said "The earlier in life a harm was done and the more its effects are denied by parents and society, the more a person will be damaged. Not only physically, but also psychically. If parents know of the child's suffering, they can help as enlightened witnesses, by giving support and compassion. If they deny the reality of suffering, the children will deny it as well and will later inflict the same unnecessary pain onto their own children.
"I believe the time has come to acknowledge that the practice of routine circumcision rests on the absurd premise that the only mammal in creation born in the condition that requires immediate surgical correction is the human male." Thomas Szasz, M.D.
Playboy. "It's not circumcision that
needs to be studied; it's circumcisers." John A Erickson. To
this I would include doctor's Aaron Funk, Edgar Schoen,
Gerald Weiss, Terry Russell and Thomas Wiswell (who thinks
that the foreskin is a mistake of nature) and many others.
95% of the world's male babies are not circumcised. Medical
organizations worldwide do not recommend routine
circumcision. In deeper analysis, I wonder how much comes
into play that the "routine neonatal circumcision" in the
U.S. is a quarter-billion-dollar-a-year industry and some
supporters of routine circumcision want to insure their
Rules Religious Circumcision an Assault on Boys
Cologne state court said the child's right to physical integrity trumps freedom of religion and parents' rights, German news agency dapd reported Tuesday.
The case involved a doctor accused of carrying out a circumcision on a 4-year-old that led to medical complications. The doctor was acquitted, however, and prosecutors said they won't appeal.
The president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Dieter Graumann, called the ruling "unprecedented and insensitive," urging the country's parliament to clarify the legal situation "to protect religious freedom against attacks."
Graumann said the circumcision of newborn Jews has been practiced for thousands of years and "every country in the world respects this religious right."
Muslims also circumcise young boys, while many parents request it on health grounds.
The state court's ruling creates a tricky legal situation for doctors who perform the procedure on parents' orders.
Unlike female circumcision, there is
no law prohibiting it and the ruling isn't binding for other
courts. However, it sets a precedent that would be taken
into account by other German courts when ruling on similar
1. Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice which is the proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilation held August 5-7, 1998 in Oxford, England. ISBN 0-306-46131-5 www.nocirc.org
2. Male and Female Circumcision in
the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, religious
debate. ISBN 1-85513-406-3 with a forward by Nawal
El-Saadawi, a famous Egyptian writer and physician.
Please help fund the legal battle to keep 3-year-old Matthew Price intact. In August, a New Jersey court authorized Matthew's mother to have him circumcised against the wishes of his father, Jim. The surgery was scheduled for October 12, 2000 and was cancelled at the last minute by the urologist because of the public outcry. Fortunately, this bought the father time to hire new lawyers and go to the appeals court. He was granted a temporary stay on the circumcision on Friday October 13, for 10 days. On October 23, Mr. Price's attorneys must submit their full appeal to the court. Jim and his attorneys are willing to take this case as far legally as the courts will allow in order to save this boy from an unnecessary circumcision. Jim would also like to pursue a malpractice case against his son's pediatrician, who advised premature retraction of the foreskin. Unfortunately, this legal battle will require a significant amount of money. We need to raise $10,000 to fund this suit.
This case is very important for two reasons: First, the protection of a 3-year-old boy from a harmful, traumatic, and unnecessary surgery. Second, this case has sparked significant publicity and helped raise awareness about proper care of the intact child, as well as medical ignorance. To date there have been 8 articles written, 3 radio show mentions, a television mention, and a taped appearance on a talk show (to be aired soon). No donation is too small. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! Your donation is tax-deductible, please make your check out to NOCIRC and mail to: Matthew Price Defense Fund, c/o NOCIRC of NC, PO Box 5081, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Please forward this to all friends,
family, circumcision chats, attachment parenting groups, and
anyone else you think might be willing to help. Together I
know we can win this one! Thank you!
Loses Appeal to Rescind Court-Ordered Circumcision of
At four years old, Chase is a child who is fully aware of his body. He will experience and remember the pain of a circumcision, and he will be very aware that his body has been drastically changed.
Public figures such as Richard Dawkins, Russel Crowe, Alicia Silverstone and John Leguizamo have tweeted in favor of Chase.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision that recommend that doctors counsel parents and uncircumcised males on the health benefits of the procedure.
The guidelines do not outright call for circumcision of all male newborns, since that is a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences, Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, told the Associated Press.
But "the scientific evidence is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks," Mermin said.
Circumcision involves the surgical removal of the foreskin covering the tip of the penis. Germs can collect and multiply under the foreskin, creating issues of hygiene.
Clinical trials, many done in sub-Saharan Africa, have demonstrated that circumcision reduces HIV infection risk by 50 percent to 60 percent, the CDC guidelines note. The procedure also reduces by 30 percent the risk of contracting herpes and human papilloma virus (HPV), two pathogens believed to cause cancer of the penis.
The guidelines do point out that circumcision has only been proven to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases in men during vaginal sex. The procedure has not been proven to reduce the risk of infection through oral or anal sex, or to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to female partners.
The scientific evidence is mixed regarding homosexual sex, the guidelines say, with some studies having shown that circumcision provides partial protection while other studies have not.
Circumcision does reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in infants, according to the CDC guidelines.
The most common risks associated with the procedure include bleeding and infection.
Male circumcision rates in the United States declined between 1979 and 2010, dropping from almost 65 percent to slightly more than 58 percent, according to a CDC report issued last year.
The new draft guidelines mirror an updated policy on circumcision released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012.
"The American public should take confidence that these are pretty much converging guidelines. There is no doubt that it [circumcision] does confer health benefits and there is no doubt it can be performed safely, with a less than 1 percent risk of complications," Dr. Susan Blank, chair of the task force that authored the AAP policy statement, said Tuesday. "This is one thing a parent can do to protect the future health of their children."
In its policy statement, the AAP declared that the health benefits are great enough that infant male circumcision should be covered by insurance, which would increase access to the procedure for families who choose it, said Blank, who is also assistant commissioner of STD Control and Prevention at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
"The push from the academy's point of view is to really have providers lay out for parents what are the risks, what are the benefits, and give the parents the information they need to make a decision," Blank said. "And the academy feels strongly that since there are proven health benefits, the procedure should be covered by insurance."
The guidelines are expected to spur a response from anti-circumcision groups.
"There are certainly groups that are troubled by circumcision of an individual who is not in a position to provide their own consent," Blank said.
In California, circumcised boys are in the minority with fewer the 40% of other boys who look like him.
"I believe no man would allow his beloved son to be circumcised if he were in touch with the terror he experienced during his own." John Breeding