NCFM VP Marc Angelucci and Republic of Georgia Liaison Carl Augustsson join protest at Academy of Pediatrics over circumcision double standards in New Orleans

October 30, 2012
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Female infant circumcision is rightfully illegal but it is Ok to circumcise infant males! Bull.

On October 20, 2012, NCFM members Carl Agustsson and Marc Angelucci participated in a protest against infant male genital cutting outside of the national meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The protest was organized by the organization Intact America to challenge the AAP for its recent decision that folded to political pressure and altered its prior position that there are no medical benefit for routine infant male circumcision.  The AAP’s new report still did not recommend circumcision but found there are medical benefits that outweighs the harms.

circumcisionIn 2010, the AAP issued a report stating “female genital mutilation” is unacceptable other than a non-mutilating incision, or “cultural nick.”  Then, in response to public outcry, the AAP changed its position to say even a cultural nick on an infant girl is genital mutilation.  But the AAP’s 2012 report on male “circumcision” completely ignored the human rights of  boys and failed to examine the double standard and issues of medical ethics in the permanent amputation of a functioning erotogenic organ from a baby boy without his consent or any medical need.

circumcisionThe report also ignores the findings of medical associations throughout the medically advanced world.  The Royal Dutch Medical Association found the male foreskin is “a complex, erotogenic structure that plays an important role in the mechanical function of the penis during sexual acts, such as penetrative intercourse and masturbation.”  www.norm-uk.org/news.html?action=showitem&item=1306  The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia said the foreskin “is rich in specialized sensory nerve endings and erogenous tissue” and should not be removed from baby boys absent a medical need.  www.cpsbc.ca/files/u6/Circumcision-Infant-Male.pdf  A recent study in Denmark found circumcised men have a much higher rate of sexual problems.  http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/13/ije.dyr104.short?rss=1

The protest went well and was mentioned in the local New Orleans news and in a Washington Post blog.

Circumcision is not medically necessary.

Males upon reaching the age of majority should be able to decide whether circumcision is right for them.

 

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