World Medical Organizations Recognize Infant Circumcision Surgery as Senseless, Unethical, Damaging, and Harmful, but US MD's still 'out-of-control'

Medical societies and medical organizations in the world clearly affirm that infant circumcision surgery is medically contraindicated, non-therapeutic and involuntary, but the problem of this sexual mutilation continues out-of-control in the US since US MD's are ignorant about the lifelong functions and benefits of the male foreskin, since the entire US medical database on circumcision is corrupt, since US medical schools will not teach correct information on the functions and value of the male foreskin nor on the sexual, psychological and emotional damage it causes, since they lack ethics, since they make easy money from this perverse practice, and since this problem centers on a dark and troubling psychopathology. [Most male, US born MD's and most US born men are sexually mutilated-- each was cheated and wronged at the start of his life.]

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(PRWEB) October 10, 2002

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers

PO Box 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979

http://www.NOCIRC.org
Tel: 415-488-9883

Fax: 415-488-9660

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATTENTION: HEALTH EDITOR

National Medical Organizations Confirm Circumcision is not Medically Justified

San Anselmo, CA ­ Last week, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

(RACP), along with six other Australasian medical associations, published its

new circumcision policy statement concluding, "After extensive review of the

literature the RACP reaffirms that **there is no medical indication for routine

male circumcision**." (Emphasis theirs.)

"It is time for American physicians to follow this lead and reject routine male

circumcision," said Los Angeles pediatrician Paul Fleiss, M.D. "There are

absolutely no scientific medical reasons for this procedure to continue parading

as standard medical care in the USA."

"While a handful of American and Canadian circumcision advocates have gotten

recent media attention by promoting circumcision to prevent cervical cancer or

HIV, this new statement takes into account all recent studies and declares

there is no reason to circumcise," said Marilyn Milos, RN, director of the

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers

(NOCIRC). "It is increasingly obvious that a medical fringe element is working

to promote circumcision for no other reason than boosting their careers or their

pocketbooks. What is abhorrent to me is that reasonable people are taking

harmful advice."

"Physicians have known for years that neither male nor female circumcision

could be justified on medical grounds. In both cases it is done for social

reasons, not medical need," stated Dr. George Denniston, MD, MPH, president

of Doctors Opposing Circumcision. "In the US, we no longer circumcise girls,

but boys are still unprotected. Perhaps other countries will have to take the lead

away from this outmoded, harmful practice.

Milos said, "When there is no evidence that potential benefits exceed the known

risks and harm of an operation, good medical practice dictates that the

operation not be done. The RACP statement says there are no medical

indications for circumcision. Therefore, any continued practice of routinely

circumcising baby boys is not only medically unnecessary, but also unethical

and, perhaps, criminal."

The policy statement was adopted by six other Australian and New Zealand

medical organizations, including the Australasian Association of Paediatric

Surgeons, New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons, Royal Australasian

College of Surgeons, and Urological Society of Australasia. The new policy

statement observed there have been increasing claims over recent years of

health benefits from routine male circumcision at a time when the rest of the

western world was eliminating the procedure. The most egregious of these

claims are urinary tract infections, HIV, and penile cancer. This thorough

review of all literature showed these claims cannot be medically substantiated.

The RACP statement says, "The complication rate of neonatal circumcision is

reported to be around 1% to 5% and includes local infection, bleeding, and

damage to the penis. Serious complications such as bleeding, septicemia, and

meningitis may occasionally cause death."

NOCIRC claims the complication rate is 100%, calling it ‘male genital

mutilation’ because the boy is denied a fully functioning penis.

Other national medical associations, including the American Cancer Society,

American Medical Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics, also have

circumcision policy statements that find there is no medical justification for

routine infant circumcision. Irresponsibly, they leave the decision to parents

who are often misinformed. In the US, infant circumcision is the only surgery

prescribed by parents.

The American medical associations did not reply when invited to comment on

the RACP’s new policy statement.

"Parents must be informed they are mutilating their sons,” said Fleiss, “and

that they are not preventing or treating any disease by having the foreskin

removed in the first few days of life. The foreskin is necessary for full sexual

enjoyment and helps protect this vital purpose throughout life. It should be left

alone. Babies have a need to be loved and protected, and I look forward to the

day when the agonizing cry of a newborn male being circumcised is no longer

heard anywhere in the USA."

The male circumcision rate in the USA is under 60%, down from a high of 85%

in 1979. Most European, Asian, and Latin American countries have a near zero

circumcision rate. Female circumcision has been outlawed in the western world

since at least 1996.

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Read the entire policy statement at:

http://www.racp.edu.au/hpu/paed/circumcision/

Contact:

  • Marilyn Milos, NOCIRC, 415-488-9883 (founded NOCIRC)
  • Dr. Paul Fleiss, fleiss@hsc.usc.edu (author of two Mothering magazine
circumcision articles)

  • Dr. George Denniston, gcd@u.washington.edu, 813-657-9404

Amer. Academy of Pediatrics - 847-434-4000

Amer. College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - 202-484- 3321

Amer. Cancer Society - 800-227-2345

Amer. Medical Assn. - 312-464-5000


Contact

  • Marilyn Milos, RN

    415-488-9883
    Email