SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2004
MGMbill.org submitted a proposed amendment to the sponsors of a pending Georgia state female genital mutilation bill today and urged them to pass it so that boys and intersex children are also protected from genital mutilation.
Matthew Hess, President of San Diego based MGMbill.org and author of the proposed amendment, had these words to say to Georgia legislators: ÂI applaud the Georgia State Legislature for acting to protect their girls from genital mutilation, and to include a provision that prohibits girls from being taken outside of their state to have their genitals mutilated under the pretext of a vacation or holiday trip. But the legislation that Georgia is poised to enact will only protect part of their population. Is there a reason that boys and intersex children do not also deserve to be protected from genital mutilation? The harm that genital mutilation causes each of its victims Â female, male, and intersex - is well documented,Â said Hess.
Male genital mutilation (commonly referred to as circumcision) is a topic that is gaining increasing attention as medical evidence mounts over the damage that the practice causes to male sexual function. Also adding to the debate are some medical studies claiming that circumcised men are less likely to contract HIV and penile cancer.
Hess posed the following questions regarding Âpro-circumcisionÂ medical studies, many of which have been criticized for poor methodology or misleading conclusions: "LetÂs assume for the sake of argument that circumcision helps prevent certain treatable diseases later in life. How many other diseases should we also help prevent by cutting off functioning body parts? Should we start cutting off the breasts of baby girls to prevent breast cancer? Should we castrate baby boys to prevent testicular and prostate cancer? If itÂs not ethical to cut off those body parts in the name of Âpreventative medicineÂ, then why is it ethical to cut off the most sexually sensitive part of a boyÂs penis?Â
MGMbill.org is not alone in its opposition to male genital mutilation. Next week marks the eighth anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1996, a date that is a call to action for many human rights groups around the country. Protesters will begin filing into Washington, D.C., on March 30th to prepare for the 11th Annual March Against Infant Circumcision, where demonstrators will voice their opposition to male circumcision in front of the U.S. Capitol, The Supreme Court, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The text of the proposed bill amendment that was submitted via email to the sponsors of GeorgiaÂs female genital mutilation bill is posted to http://www.mgmbill.org/pressrelease5.htm . Like MGMbill.org's other bill proposals, the amendment would prohibit genital mutilation of minors and nonconsenting adults, regardless of gender.