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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 ‚Äúa 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 ‚Äúis rich in specialized sensory nerve endings and erogenous tissue‚ÄĚ 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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