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Anti-Circumcision Group Holds Protest In Gainesville

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The anti-circumcision group Bloodstained Men held a protest Thursday in Gainesville on the corner of 34th Street and Archer Road. The group travels around the country advocating for its cause. The Gainesville protest was the eighth of a 19-day tour of Florida.

Though the group said male newborn circumcision claims more than 100 deaths per year, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorse circumcisions among infants because it is useful to prevent sexually transmitted infections later in life. The American Academy of Pediatrics website says that minor complications happen in 1 out 500 infants and devastating complications or deaths are so rare that there are no statistics, only case studies.

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  1. Studies show that circumcision causes significant pain and trauma, behavioral and neurological changes in infants, potential parental stress from persistent crying (colic) of infants, disrupted bonding between parent and child, and risk of surgical complications.
    Other consequences of circumcision include loss of a natural, healthy, functioning
    body part, reduced sexual pleasure, potential psychological problems, and unknown negative effects that have not been studied. Thirteen national and international organizations recommend against circumcision.

    Some circumcised men resent that they are circumcised. Sexual anxieties, reduced emotional expression, low self-esteem, avoidance of intimacy, and depression are also reported. Some doctors refuse to perform circumcisions because of ethical reasons. Relying on presumed authorities (e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics or doctors who echo AAP views) is not sufficient because of their personal, religious, financial, and political conflicts of interest. Instead, watch a circumcision video and trust your instincts. Would you allow someone to do that to YOU?

  2. Regardless of differing attitudes, circumcision is surgery, so there are risks, such as infection, hemorrhage and bad surgical outcomes.

    I believe that public safety can be enhanced by the following changes:

    1 Unqualified people should be banned from circumcising anyone!

    2 Qualified but incompetent circumcisers should be banned from circumcising anyone else!

    3 Strict and thorough record-keeping would help in finding out who the incompetent operators are, and weeding them out.

    4 Dangerous traditional practices such as metzitzah b’peh (oral suction of the circumcision wound) should be discouraged by public education and other suitable measures.

    5 Before anyone is circumcised, an independent doctor must certify in writing that the person is free of any bleeding disorders and any other contra-indications and is strong enough to withstand the surgery.

    6 Before a child is circumcised, both the mother and the father must give informed and written consent to the surgery. No child should be circumcised against the objection of a parent.

    7 If a man or an older child is forcibly circumcised against his will, this should be treated as a sexual assault, and the perpetrator prosecuted accordingly.

    These rules won’t interfere with most circumcisions, but they would, if implemented, give more protection to those who undergo this procedure.

    • Mglass – aside from the fact that you have overlooked the ethical considerations of performing elective (i.e. without indication) surgery on a non-consenting child, I also feel that your point number 3 needs to be fleshed out with some more detail:

      3) A mandatory register of ALL circumcision procedures must be centrally maintained to:
      a) record the name of the circumciser and the name of the medical establishment;
      b) document any complications arising during, or shortly after the procedure, up to and including death (even if the cause of death is declared as unrelated to the circumcision procedure);
      c) allow updates to the register if further complications are encountered in early childhood, puberty/adolescence, or in later life;
      d) allow the subject of a circumcision procedure who subsequently feels violated (and wishes he had never been cut) to be able to contact his circumciser and/or the medical facility where the procedure occurred and sue for damages.

      Overall, with your points and my refinement of the requirement for a mandatory and detailed register, it seems likely that it would almost certainly wipe out circumcision as an elective practice, and provide some much needed evidence of the high number of botched circumcisions or circumcision-related deaths performed by those ‘qualified but incompetent’ perpetrators.

      “Minimally invasive surgery” is something that cannot be said of circumcision and any ethically sound Urologist (who will probably spend a good percentage of their time fixing some the negative effects of circumcision) should not be half-hearted in their condemnation of this damaging procedure on defenceless baby boys.

      Please feel free to enhance your ‘copy and paste’ list of points with my suggested amendments for whenever you post this in future.

      People like you can really make a difference.

      • Interesting post. Yes, some of the strongest critics of circumcision are urologists who have to treat the botched circumcisions of others. I’ll take note of your suggestions.

  3. Studies show that circumcision causes significant pain and trauma, behavioral and neurological changes in infants, potential parental stress from persistent crying (colic) of infants, disrupted bonding between parent and child, and risk of surgical complications.
    Other consequences of circumcision include loss of a natural, healthy, functioning body part, reduced sexual pleasure, potential psychological problems, and unknown negative effects that have not been studied. Thirteen national and international organizations recommend against circumcision.

    Some circumcised men resent that they are circumcised. Sexual anxieties, reduced emotional expression, low self-esteem, avoidance of intimacy, and depression are also reported. Some doctors refuse to perform circumcisions because of ethical reasons. Relying on presumed authorities (e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics or doctors who echo AAP views) is not sufficient because of their personal, religious, financial, and political conflicts of interest. Instead, watch a circumcision video and trust your instincts. Would you allow someone to do that to YOU?

  4. “Though the group said male newborn circumcision claims more than 100
    deaths per year, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorse
    circumcisions among infants because it is useful to prevent sexually
    transmitted infections later in life.”
    The CDC has only issued a draft policy, which garnered 3000 comments, the vast majority disputing its claims, many well-argued and referenced. Sexually transmitted infections are a poor excuse to cut babies, who may well grow up to want to choose their own methods of prevention – abstinence, condoms, choice of partners – and the science claiming any effect of male genital cutting on STIs is conflicting.

    “The American Academy of Pediatrics website says that minor complications happen in 1 out 500 infants and devastating complications or deaths are so rare that there are no
    statistics, only case studies.”
    No, it only says it could find no statistics, but that does not mean the death rate is negligible. Death never is. A Brazilian study suggests the death rate is one in 6,700, which would amount to 156 deaths in the US per year. Parents quite often post stories on Facebook of near-deaths from bleeding alone: http://www.circumstitions.com/complic-bleed.html And death is only the worst possible complication, others include loss of the penis, painful erections (seldom sheeted home to the operation that caused them), painful intercourse, and ugly outcomes.

    The bottom line is that every cut baby has had an important part of his genitals stolen from him, violating his human rights, and those of the man he is to become.

  5. Circumcision is a euphemism for genital mutilation. It is sexual assault. There is no justification for strapping down babies and permanently removing functional, healthy, innervated tissue. Shame on anyone who condones this.

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