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Bloodstained Men Press Release March 28, 2013 www.prweb.com A growing international movement asserts that all children have a human right to protection from unnecessary genital surgery Bloodstained Men will perform on the Capitol West Lawn Saturday March 30 at 1pm Genital autonomy activists demonstrate on the Capitol West Lawn March 26 - April 1, will march from the Capitol West Lawn to the White House Saturday March 30 at 2pm When passers-by see a crowd of men in bloodstained white coveralls...
The intactivists argue that, because the U.S. has laws against female genital mutilation, baby boys don't receive the same equal protection under the law as baby girls, and they hope people who support gay marriage on equal-protection grounds will also end up supporting an infant circumcision ban. Brother K, who says that he made that his legal name in 1986 as part of a "personal journey" to shake off what he felt "was a spiritual mark of an angry, ancient god," hoisted a large white sign wi...
The first two days blessed us with an opportunity to take our message to a large group of demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court building where issues of marriage equality were being heard by the court. While I was not successful in changing his mind on the medical aspects, he left our conversation admitting that the rights of the boy have merit and suggested we should stick to that angle. What we do not have is emotional support resources, mental health resources, grief counseling reso...
While the removal of the foreskin is an ages-old custom in Judaism, Conte says that accounts for only a fraction of circumcisions performed in the United States, where it was adopted as a standard medical procedure for newborns in the mid-19th century. [...]the circumcision opponents say the practice is one more example of the U.S. medical system's fee-for-service setup, in which doctors have a natural incentive to perform as many procedures as possible.
New Article Finds Fault With Pediatric Organization's Support for Circumcision, Provoking a Formal Response Berkeley, CA - Human rights attorney J. Steven Svoboda and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. have published a new article in one of the world's leading journals on medical ethics arguing that the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) position regarding male circumcision lacks credible support. According to the authors, these deficiencies include the omission of critical issues, b...
The AAP documents ignored vital issues that would be helpful to both parents and physicians: * discussion of the important functions and benefits of the male prepuce * explaining simple hygienic care of the intact penis * enumerating less radical, non-invasive (non-surgical) methods to prevent disease * acknowledging the growing claims and documentation by circumcised men of adverse long-term consequences of infant circumcision * acknowledging the ethical conflict in imposing non-therapeutic ...
[...]American courts could rule at any time that non-therapeutic circumcision is illegal. [...]physicians and parents have a legal duty to protect helpless children from harm and thus from circumcision.
At Jonathon's suggestion I used arts and craft red acrylic paint, poured from the bottle and spread with a tiny sponge brush. Saving our Sons was very helpful in that regard with a suggestion that, while the mask was very dramatic, my own face and name would work better for the demonstration, and I agreed with their reasoning I carefully prepared my "travel pack" for Amtrak and BART transit to the demonstration site.
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel stated that "immediately after the initial report of the incident, the director of the dept. of circumcisions in the Chief Rabbinate was in constant contact with the mohel (ritual circumciser) who conducted the rite, with the doctors who treated the baby at the Wolfson Medical Center, and with the senior physicians who are members of the joint circumcisions committee of the Ministry of Health and the Rabbinate." A week ago, at about 11 AM, MDA paramedics were ca...
Steven is honored to have been able to contribute to all eight books and to be able to lead off the final volume with the paper he presented in Berkeley titled, "Tortured Bodies, Tortured Doctrines: Informed Consent as a Legal Fiction Inapplicable to Male Circumcision."
Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, a move that provoked demonstrations by anti-circumcision activists who view the procedure as genital mutilation of newborns. According to the researchers, Canada's current circumcision rate is 32 per cent.
[...]the video, which briefly shows the mohel taking a sip of wine and bending down toward the 8-day-old infant, leaves the viewer unclear as to whether the procedure took place. While not serious for adults, the virus can be fatal for infants, or cause permanent cognitive or physical harm. Since 2004, the New York City Department of Health has reported 13 cases that it attributes to MBP, with two deaths.
Sharon Otterman January 10, 2013 New York Times www.nytimes.com New York City health officials may proceed temporarily with a plan to require parental consent before an infant may undergo a particular Jewish circumcision ritual, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
The announcement states that the JME Special Issue titled, "The Ethics of Male Circumcision" will include (in addition to the article by me and Robert Van Howe criticizing the American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement and technical report that was published earlier today) the following: - A defense of circumcision by political theorist Joseph Mazor based on the child's best interests. (!) - A suggestion by Dena Davis that it may be time to re-open the conversation on the most mild form...
The Journal of Medical Ethics (JME)-one of the world's leading journals on medical ethics-is poised to release its hotly anticipated special issue on circumcision, which includes two of my articles-more about those in a minute-as well as an article on circumcisión and the right to an open future by my longtime collaborator Robert Darby and an article on circumcision and parental rights by my regular co-author, pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. The JME paper by Bob Van Howe and me leads of...
[...]March 30th marks the date in 1997 that the US law forbidding female genital mutilation (FGM) went into effect. [...]I delved into comparisons of ancient circumcision and the modern-day practice, and referred them to the Brit Shalom movement in the States and Israel.
Any good attorney could look at California's AB 768 and find the language needed to suggest that California law gives a green-light to home-grown circumcisions, providing a loophole a first-year law student could drive a semi through. Were it not completely immoral for me, I would be prepared to defend a parent who claimed in good faith to understand California law as an open invitation to obey Biblical mandates using tools at hand-rocks, pot shards, sharpened sticks-biblical style (cf:
During tonight's Clinton Foundation Millennium Network event featuring a dialogue with President Bill Clinton , Chelsea Clinton , and Hollywood actor Ed Norton , protesters from the human rights organization Intaction.org disrupted the show wearing bloodstained white suits to protest the exploitative and racist health policies involving the circumcision of African men.
While Steven was interviewed by the magazine for a 2009 cover article, more recently they have issued a press release regarding ARC's work and have published reprints of Steven's articles in each of their last five issues.
During the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network event which featured a dialogue between President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Hollywood Actor Ed Norton, protesters from Intaction.org disrupted the show to protest the exploitative and racist health policies involving the circumcision of African men. Some famous protests include those lead by Rev. Martin Luther King, Chinese Tiananmen Square protesters, 1960's draft card burning & Vietnam war protests, and the gay rights NYC Stonew...
According to the FDA, medicines and treatments are quack medicine if they are worthless or dangerous. In my case, my wife, a physician, told me, "you decide," the only medical decision that she ever deferred to me in our thirty years of marriage. [...]physicians who solicit consent to circumcision from mothers take advantage of their vulnerable position, of which physicians must be aware. [...]it certainly appears that the AAP and many American physicians use the methods of quacks to obtai...
The lawsuit claims doctors at a state hospital and Department of Social Services workers "decided to remove M.C.'s healthy genital tissue and radically restructure his reproductive organs in order to make his body appear to be female." [...]the adoptive father said the real intent of the lawsuit "is just to uphold these constitutional principles - integrity of a person's body, and some kind of due process for infants where people around them in power are considering doing surgeries like this."
In its 2012 circumcision policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated, "The majority of severe or even catastrophic injuries are so infrequent as to be reported as case reports (and were therefore excluded from this literature review)" before concluding (without actually weighing them) that "the benefits outweigh the risks."
In an email to the Forward, Susan Phillips, senior vice president of public affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, wrote that the study "was never available online from us and still isn't." According to Phillips, the press release "mischaracterized our review by implying that there is no causal relationship between circumcision performed with oral suction and the transmission of neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) when the full report on the existing evidence concluded this...
Surely, President Clinton was a little freaked out last night when in the middle of his event-a Clinton Foundation Millennium Network talk in New York featuring the former president, Chelsea Clinton, and actor Ed Norton-a whistle blew and a group of men stood up, held hands, and chanted, "Stop exploiting Africans; circumcision does not stop AIDS!" The protesters were self-described "intactivists"-those who believe that circumcision is actually a mutilation of the genitals. The U.S. President...
Gavriel Barukh, the father of the boy, is suing Rabbi Mordechai Rachminov, claiming he sliced off part of his son's corona glandis [i.e., part of the corona of the glans of the boy's penis] during the religious ceremony on Oct. 16, 2011, at the Bukharian Jewish Community Center in Forest Hills, according to the lawsuit filed last week in Queens Civil Supreme Court.
First of all, it has to be said that Carpenter is nothing less than an astoundingly lucid and fluid writer, a pure pleasure to read. [...]existing narratives about who is the victim" color the reception that may be received.
Medical historian Robert Darby (author of the 2005 University of Chicago Press book A Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain, which upon its appearance I reviewed, describing it as "spectacular") has recently published a short electronic book (e-book) about circumcision, The Sorcerer s Apprentice: Why Can't the United States Stop Circumcising Boys?, expanded from a 2005 article he published in the journal Contexts.
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