Pro circumcision views challenged

The mainstream media sadly keeps disseminating the steady output of pro circumcision writing that comes from a very few authors who swamp publications with promotional material. One such example is below from The New York Times

Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Study Reports.
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

A review of studies has found that the health benefits of infant male circumcision vastly outweigh the risks involved in the procedure.

But the study, published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that while the prevalence of circumcision among American men ages 14 to 59 increased to 81 percent from 79 percent over the past decade, the rate of newborn circumcision has declined by 6 percentage points, to 77 percent, since the 1960s.

The authors conclude that the benefits — among them reduced risks of urinary tract infection, prostate cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and, in female partners, cervical cancer — outweigh the risks of local infection or bleeding. Several studies, including two randomized clinical trials, found no long-term adverse effects of circumcision on sexual performance or pleasure.

One cost-benefit analysis that considered infant urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases found that if circumcision rates were decreased to the 10 percent typical in European countries, the additional direct medical costs over 10 years of births would be more than $4.4 billion.

“Male circumcision is in principle equivalent to childhood vaccination,” said the lead author, Brian J. Morris, emeritus professor of medical sciences at the University of Sydney. “Just as there are opponents of vaccination, there are opponents of circumcision. But their arguments are emotional and unscientific, and should be disregarded.”

DSC_0018-crop219wAn excellent letter in response has been written by Steven Svoboda (left),  Attorneys for the Rights of the Child.

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Dear Editor:
We were disappointed to see the New York Times publish an article (“Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks, Study Reports,” by Nicholas Bakalar; April 8, 2014) so strongly at odds with the Times’ generally high standards.  A team of mostly European physicians recently concluded that the only arguable medical benefit of male circumcision is a slight reduction in urinary tract infections, but these can more cheaply and less painfully be treated with antibiotics.

Claims regarding prostate cancer and cervical cancer were disproven decades ago.  Studies have suggested that female circumcision may help prevent HIV but everyone correctly avoids proposing this on grounds of medical ethics and physical integrity.  The same principles bar male circumcision, as has been recently concluded by the Council of Europe and the Royal Dutch Medical Association.

No objective person could seriously question what the vast majority of studies have documented, that removal of half the surface skin of the penis seriously impacts sexuality.  The vaccination analogy is incoherent as unlike circumcision, vaccination doesn’t remove functional tissue.
The New York Times should know better.

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Intactivist’s of the month

Thank you to all our supporters who have donned the bloodstained overalls to campaign against the cutting of children’s genitals. The message is getting out there. Intact America has made the Bloodstained Men “Intactivist of the Month”.

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GA Worldwide DayPlease join us on our protests this year the first of which will be on the 7th of May for “Worldwide day of Genital Autonomy“. The place will be central London times and exact location are to be decided.
There will also be events in Germany and around the world.

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Council of Europe hearing on male circumcision

IMG_0173-crop-300hOn the 28th of January there was a hearing on male circumcision in the Council of Europe. The meeting was open to visitors, invited guests and members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Men Do Complain attended with Patrick and Richard.

We were there to support Victor Schonfeld whose  Channel 4 documentary “It’s a Boy” was shown to those attending the hearing. Flyers were handed out from early morning to promote the showing.

To view the webcast from the hearing please click here or on the image below.

Panel

Before the hearing the Channel 4 documentary “it’s a Boy” was shown. The film made it’s point and is still as relevant today as when it was made. The panel were divided and spoke from their various perspectives on the subject of non-therapeutic male circumcision. The encouraging thing from the point of view of children’s rights was the emphasis placed on the right of the child to freedom of conscience thought and religion being the equal of an adult’s right to express their religion.  Marlene Rupperecht, second from left above, stressed that children were human beings from the moment of birth with a full set of human rights. An interview was recorded for the Council of Europe with film maker Victor Schonfeld.

 

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Circumcison promoter in court

Vernon Quaintance has been charged with sex crimes according to the South London Press. For more information on this alleged pervert and his connections do visit the CircLeaks site.

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Student nurse wins ethics award

MDC wishes this young lady well in her career. She has followed her instincts to protect vulnerable children and come to an ethical position that makes her speak for those that cannot defend themselves. Thank you to all concerned with the production of this video.

 

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