US lawyers fight for boys human rights

DSC_0018-crop219wAttorneys for the Rights of the Child – ARC – issued a press release today, December 3rd 2014, in response to the December 2nd release from the  for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC – of a draft of proposed circumcision guidelines.  The press release can be accessed at PRWeb. The text of the release is reproduced below.

Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Pictured left has started what must become a flood of responses to the CDC’s draft guidelines. Intact America are going to organise a quick link to allow supporters to post comments. As soon as we have more on this we will make it available.

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Preparing Response to Today’s Draft Circumcision Regulations Released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); CDC Ignoring Medical Evidence and Growing International Opposition

Berkeley, CA – The human rights organization Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) (www.arclaw.org) is preparing a response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding its release on December 2, 2014 of a draft of proposed circumcision guidelines.

J. Steven Svoboda, ARC’s Executive Director, commented today, “Sadly, the CDC has chosen to ignore the medical evidence to try to justify an outmoded and painful cultural—not medical—practice. In these days of constantly mounting medical costs and ever scarcer resources, we simply cannot afford to continue supporting and performing a harmful and antiquated procedure.”

Regarding the CDC’s claim that circumcision’s benefits outweigh the risks, Svoboda commented, “The CDC omitted the functions of the amputated tissue. If the CDC advocates for cutting off a body part, shouldn’t we know what that body part does?”

Svoboda commented, “If circumcision is as desirable as the CDC suggests, why are European countries moving towards banning it, why are their males healthier than Americans, and why does the CDC not come out and recommend it?”  By the CDC’s own admission, Americans are increasingly choosing to leave their sons intact, as circumcision rates have plunged in recent years.

Svoboda added, “A recent study (Bossio, Int’l Society for Sexual Medicine 2014) concluded that the literature favoring circumcision contains considerable gaps, lacks rigor and is largely not applicable to North America.” Studies of HIV in adult males in Africa suffer from methodological and statistical errors and even if valid, given vast differences in health conditions and modes of transmission, the results can hardly be applied to justify infant male circumcision in the United States.  “Doctors cannot ethically remove tissue from babies without consent, based on speculation about their possible sexual behavior decades later,” Svoboda added.

“Male circumcision,” Svoboda said, “violates a child’s right to bodily integrity, not to mention numerous civil and criminal statutes.”  Malpractice awards are mounting up; a list of seventy such cases were released by ARC, the largest amounts to 22.8 million dollars (Antonio Willis v. Northside Hospital Atlanta, March 1991).

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Attorneys for the Rights of the Child is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to protect children from unnecessary medical procedures to which they do not consent.

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.

Edinburgh protest

Our third year of protesting outside the British Medical Association’s Annual Representative’s Meeting has shown a marked shift in the manner of our reception. The doctors who ignored us did just that, ignored us.

The doctors who support our stance on the breach of ethics that non-therapeutic circumcision represents are now much more friendly. Watch the video and look out for smiles, petition signing and a delightful high five!
Also in the video MDC supporter Alison Waugh came to show her support and gave us a stunning interview.

Harm

indie-cropThis story from the Independent of Saturday 18th May 2013 reports the deaths of 23 boys in rituals involving circumcision, the deaths are being taken very seriously by the South African authorities.

It should be pointed out that circumcision, if it is carried out without the fully informed consent of the youth being cut, is an assault which should also be taken very seriously by the authorities.

Doctors are supposed to “do no harm” but non-therapeutic circumcision is by definition harmful. The presence of doctors at such ceremonies gives an illusion of medical respectability that is not merited.