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Genital Mutilation American Style

How a father discovered, too late, that circumcision is not a good thing.

by Rio Cruz
(page seven)

To date, the medical establishment has done nothing to identify and excise such sadists from their midst. They continue to cut and torture in protected anonymity, cold and oblivious to the screams all around. Perhaps the institutions that hire them actually support their compulsions because they help provide a steady cash flow for all. For obvious reasons, such "circumsadists" relish doing these procedures and are a principal source for the hundreds of millions of dollars a year that fill their pockets and the coffers of the sponsoring hospitals and clinics.

It should be obvious to any caring, feeling person that amputating normal, healthy, sexually sensitive tissue for no valid medical reason whatsoever, especially when such a mutilative procedure is harmful both short term and long, performed against the child's screaming protests and with no informed consent, can only be regarded as an act of supreme cowardice, devoid of moral or ethical support. Given these facts, any physician who performs such acts should be held suspect, the onus of perversion entirely on him or her. A loving parent should think long and hard before offering their son to any circumciser.

The circumcision epidemic is a national scandal in this country and a crime against infant boys. Simply put, infant circumcision is child abuse. It is gratuitous genital mutilation and should be banned along with thumb screws, hot pincers and boiling in oil as nothing short of perverse. In a recent article appearing in ObGYN News, doctor Leo Sorger says, "Circumcision causes pain, trauma, and a permanent loss of protective and erogenous tissue. Removing normal, healthy, functioning tissue violates the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 13)."

Last year a group of civil rights attorneys took note of this fact and banded together to form Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC). They are currently assessing this area of human rights concern and are starting to bring lawsuits against offending physicians and physician groups. Attorney J. Steven Svoboda, a former Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School and director of ARC, considers circumcision to be medical malpractice. "The medical profession, which has perpetuated this tragic disfigurement of baby boys' genitals, will now be challenged by an organization of legal professionals." If physicians cannot find the ethical and moral center sufficient to end this barbaric habit, then let a stop be applied by the courts. At the very least, it should make for spectacular theater. However you look at it, the case against circumcision is building towards critical mass and it won't be long before the whole putrid business falls of its own dead weight.

For more information contact:

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)
Post Office Box 2512
San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512
Telephone: (415) 488-9883
Fax: (415) 488-9660

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.)
2442 NW Market Street, Suite 42
Seattle, Washington, 98107

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC)
2961 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Tel. 510-848-4437
E-mail: svoboda1@flash.net

Patients In ARMS
(Advocates Reforming Medical Standards)
7480 Gravies Road
Dieters, Missouri 63023
(314) 274-ARMS

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