Pediatricians at AAP National Conference Picketed by Intactivists

Intactivists will be protesting what they believe to be an unethical and sexist practice—infant circumcision—at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition (AAP NCE, 2009), Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, October 17-20.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 14, 2009

Intactivists will be protesting what they believe to be an unethical and sexist practice—infant circumcision—at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition (AAP NCE, 2009), Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, October 17-20.

This year’s AAP convention theme is “Pediatric Heroes: Champions for Children.’ Intactivist Dan Strandjord, Chicago, says, “Cutting off the end of a boy’s penis is not what a medical “hero” should do. It is a "villainous" practice, there is no medical reason for it. A real super hero would have the courage to “put down their scalpel” and force other doctors to do the same.”

Demonstrators will be carrying placards satirizing the conference’s cartoon characters of pediatricians as flying super-heroes. It depicts a super-hero protecting a baby boy with the comment: “Real heroes don’t cut babies.”

Girls are protected from genital cutting, even a pinprick, by federal law, but boys have no protection.

Circumcision is a multi-million dollar income stream for doctors, a source of revenue that is almost doubled in order to repair poorly performed circumcisions.

No medical association in the world, including the AAP, recommends infant circumcision yet the barbaric practice continues.

Originally ‘invented’ by doctors in the late 19th century to control masturbation, the practice has become medicalized without ever passing scientific review.

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