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Circumcision Doubles Autism Risk, Increases ADHD in Boys

Circumcision ‘doubles autism risk’ and increases risk of ADHD

 

  • The findings hold regardless of cultural background, say researchers
  • They suggest the pain caused by circumcision may be partly to blame
  • This may in turn affect how the brain develops and reacts to stress
  • Study looked at 340,000 boys born in Denmark between 1994 and 2003  
  • But experts have urged caution over the ‘extremely speculative findings’

 

Circumcision before the age of five can double a boy’s risk of developing autism, research suggests.

Scientists believe the finding may be linked to stress caused by the pain of the procedure.

The study of more than 340,000 boys in Denmark found that circumcision raised the overall chances of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10 by 46%.

But if circumcision took place before the age of five it doubled the risk.

Circumcision also appeared to increase the likelihood of boys from non-Muslim families developing hyperactivity disorder.

Professor Morten Frisch, of the Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, who led the research, said: “Our investigation was prompted by the combination of recent animal findings linking a single painful injury to lifelong deficits in stress response and a study showing a strong, positive correlation between a country’s neonatal male circumcision rate and its prevalence of ASD in boys.”

While it is considered unacceptable today to circumcise boys without proper pain relief, it is not possible to make the procedure completely pain-free.

The pain of circumcision is likely to be more severe in very young babies both during and after the operation, according to the scientists.

Painful experiences in newborns have been shown in both animal and human studies to be associated with long-term alterations in pain perception, a characteristic often seen in autistic children.

Prof Frisch added: “Possible mechanisms linking early life pain and stress to an increased risk of neurodevelopmental, behavioral or psychological problems in later life remain incompletely conceptualized.

“Given the widespread practice of non-therapeutic circumcision in infancy and childhood around the world, our findings should prompt other researchers to examine the possibility that circumcision trauma in infancy or early childhood might carry an increased risk of serious neuro-developmental and psychological consequences.”

The findings are reported in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Professor David Katz, from University College London, who chairs Milah UK, a body that speaks for the Jewish community on issues related to circumcision, said: “This report is far from convincing: correlation does not equal causation.

“There is a long history of attempts to link autistic spectrum disorders to unrelated practices, such as the measles/mumps/rubella association, which proved to be fraudulent.

“There is general agreement that in people suffering from an ASD there are abnormalities that can be identified in brain structure and/or function. There is a strong genetic component, which may be a factor within the faith communities studied here, and which does not appear to have been explored amongst them.

“Some contemporary research does indicate that factors besides the genetic component are contributing to the increasing occurrence of ASD – for example, a variety of environmental toxins have been invoked to explain why these conditions are more prevalent today than they may have been in the past – but again proof of causation is lacking, and these factors are only likely to be relevant in those who are already vulnerable to them.”

Applied statistician Professor Kevin McConway, from the Open University, said: “This study raises an interesting question, but one that cannot be fully answered with these data.

“The study is observational, and in such studies it’s always tricky to tell what causes what. The observed increase in risk of autism spectrum disorder in circumcised boys might be due to the circumcision, or it might not.

“Religions that prescribe circumcision prescribe other things too, such as diet or clothing. Perhaps differences in diet or clothing lead to the increased ASD risk, rather than the circumcision. Cultural and family differences may be crucial.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2902214/Circumcised-boys-likely-develop-autism-ADHD-10.html#ixzz3OXUAtu5k

Does Circumcision Make Men’s Penises Smaller?

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Does Circumcision Make Men’s Penises Smaller?

An interesting question to ponder. Does circumcision prevent penises from reaching their full genetic potential? Some experts say that amputation of a body part in infancy can cause the remaining attached tissue and structures to have stunted growth.

Circumcision involves the amputation of healthy function tissue for essentially cosmetic reasons. However few have probably considered that a smaller penis may be the unintended result.

A shocking photo obtained by Intaction shows the results of an accidental amputation of a pinky finger when the subject was an infant. It is clear from the photo that the stump of the amputated pinky finger is significantly shorter than the unaffected finger in the opposing hand.

Amputation severs the nerve endings to the affected area. Circumcision causes total severing of the nerves leading from the foreskin due to the stretching, cutting (laceration), and crushing by circumcision devices. This type of neuron death is known as neurotmesis. Neurotmesis results in neural degeneration. Not only are the nerves lost in the foreskin, but the nerves feeding them atrophy and die back to the spine. Without full enervation of the penile tissues as an infant, growth is likely to be stunted.

Furthermore, an informal study conducted by Dr. Christopher Fletcher, M.D. found that the adult penises of men circumcised as infants are 8mm (3/8″) shorter than their intact counterparts. Dr. Fletcher is an assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Fletcher’s conclusions arise from a study of men 18 years and older seeking medical care. The vast majority of his subjects had circumcisions soon after birth for non-medical reasons.

Circumcision should now be considered a man-made handicap that is inflicted upon millions of baby boys every year. Parents that have been mislead into circumcising their sons for make-believe health benefits may have actually stunted the growth of their son’s penis.

Beyond stunted genital growth, it is undeniable that circumcision removes over 20,000 specialized nerve endings and 15 square inches of mobile skin (in the adult male) that accommodates the erection during arousal. Lack of this mobile sliding skin may cause painful or curved erections as an adult.

HBO’s Bill Maher – Accidental Intactivist?

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In his most recent standup act on HBO, comedian Bill Maher makes fun at the anti-circumcision movement. In a bit discussing the posting of online “selfie” pics, he states that he supports circumcision because otherwise penises look like “sea creatures.”You can watch the video by clicking on the picture above.

While some intactivists may be upset with the insensitivity expressed by Maher, we here at Intaction are actually delighted by his comments.

First we need to remember this is a comedy show. It’s not meant to be taken seriously. Of course that’s not always easily digested when your the brunt of the jokes. However we need to keep in mind comedians often take on absurd points of view to entertain.

Viewers rarely take what a comedian says seriously because the point of the discussion is to make one laugh. Furthermore Maher is a polarizing figure, when he says something probably half the people automatically take the other position.

Here is the good part for us. Maher used the words “male genital mutilation,” child abuse,” “circumcision” in the same sentence. Associating those terms together is a powerful re-statement of OUR message. He also made mention of a movement to “get rid of circumcision.” I’m sure many people never heard of our movement until Maher told them about us.

Maher gave our movement publicity that we could never afford to buy. He probably sparked more than a few people’s imagination and they will now be encouraged to look into the issue further.

So we can keep our chin up and smile. As they say there is no such thing as bad press. And we will drop Bill a note thanking him for the mention.

Mandatory Newborn Circumcision?

– Should we endorse it? –

What if we proposed a law requiring circumcision for all newborns?

That’s right. We would endorse federal legislation requiring all newborn males be circumcised.

I bet your saying “hold on a minute – why would someone who is supposed to be against circumcision support such an idea.” Did Anthony Losquadro lose his mind inhaling diesel fumes from the Mobile Education Unit?

Well not yet, but read on for another shocking statement…….

Guess who would be opposed to such a law? Pro-circumcision advocates.

Confound it! Why would pro-circumcision advocates be against a law requiring circumcision, and anti-circumcision advocates support it? Has the world turned upside down?

No I assure you, the Earth is still spinning on its axis in the proper orientation, and with some discussion I can help you understand this paradox.

The answer lies in the way medicalized infant circumcision was originally framed, and how it gained its foothold.

It’s all about parental choice.

You see my fellow advocate, if the government mandated infant circumcision, the decision to circumcise would be transferred from the parental domain to the government.

Now when babies grow up into men and find out about circumcision, who would they blame? Since it’s a government mandate, parents could no longer be the scapegoat. Instead the government would take the blame. The government is not willing to incur the wrath of millions of angry young men. It could possibly cause great societal upheaval. It would be the end of circumcision. Perhaps it would even topple the government.

The beauty of the cutters strategy is that parents make the perfect scapegoat. They know it is much more difficult to blame your parents. Few men are going to discuss the issue with their parents. And how can you blame your parents for making a mistaken, misguided decision? You can be angry with them, but for how long and to what extent? They are they very people that created you, raised you, and loved you? The cutters are keenly aware of this and have enshrined parental decision making into their strategy.

That is the reason such a law would never happen. To pass a law mandating circumcision would be the end of circumcision. Parental choice and the notion of “the rights of the parent” would end. The pro-circumcision advocates know that. That’s why their propaganda always concludes with, “Ultimately it’s a parent’s choice.”

In order to keep parents handing over their babies to be circumcised, the cutters just have to keep spinning their lies and printing their propaganda. Then they leave it up to parents to do the rest. Feed them the misinformation and watch them bite the hook. That’s their strategy.

But that’s why our advocacy is going to change the paradigm. We are changing the cycle from parents deciding to circumcise to parents choosing to keep sons intact.

We do this by first educating men about the issues and getting them involved. We show them that they can speak out about their feelings of victimization. Secondly, we make parents aware of that they were taken advantage of during an overwhelming moment in their life. That their trust was misplaced.

Then, we show parents they can constructively overcome regret by empowering them to become advocates for intact babies.

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Mobile Unit at NYU Medical Center

This effort is being made possible with our Mobile Education Unit.

It’s sons telling their parents about the issue. It’s parents overcoming regret. It’s a message that can’t be misinterpreted. All of this is contained in “I DID NOT CONSENT.” It’s a rolling demonstration on steroids – right down Mainstreet USA.

We watch the public react in realtime with a range of responses: affirmation, incredulity, picture snapping, thumbs up, wonder, shock, amusement, finger pointing, and awe on every block.

Mobile Unit at North Shore LIJ Katz Woman's Hospital

Mobile Unit at North Shore LIJ Katz Woman’s Hospital

You can break the cycle of circumcision by buying miles for genital integrity. The more miles you buy, the more progress we can make. There are levels of support for every budget. Embark on a journey with us as an advocate for genital integrity. Are you ready?

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KEEP IN MIND YOUR DONATION IS FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE. THAT MEANS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT COULD BE PAYING AS MUCH AS $.50 ON EVERY DOLLAR YOU DONATE TO INTACTION (depending on your tax situation – check with your tax preparer.) WHY GIVE THE GOVERNMENT YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY TO PAY FOR PEPFAR AFRICAN CIRCUMCISION PROGRAMS WHEN IT CAN BE USED TO FIGHT FOR GENITAL INTEGRITY IN THE USA!

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Mobile Unit on Hamptons Tour (Long Island NY)

Mobile Unit on Hamptons Tour (Long Island NY)

Donors who contribute $500 or more will have their name placed on the vehicle in an area dedicated to LEADERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

Sincerely,

Anthony Losquadro, Executive Director
Intaction
IntactNation.org
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Man Accused of Stealing Skin Derived from Circumcision

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin from a Philadelphia hospital for years – human skin incredibly derived from circumcision.

Gary-Dudek Gary Dudek, 54, of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, was arrested Monday May 26, and charged with theft and tampering with records. According to investigators, Dudek repeatedly stole skin grafts from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital between November 2011 and July 2013.

From September 2006 to September 2013, Dudek worked as a “tissue-regeneration specialist” – a sales representative – for Organogenesis, a Massachusetts firm that specializes in regenerative medicine, a company spokeswoman said.

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Angelyn Lowe, director of corporate communications at Organogenesis said, “Organogenesis developed a product called Apligraf, made of collagen and skin cells designed to mimic human skin.”

According to the Organogenesis website, the company claims “Human keratinocytes and fibroblasts are derived from neonatal foreskins obtained for use under informed-consent guidelines.” Neonatal foreskins are taken from infant boys during circumcision.

Ethicists counter that babies are the true owner of the foreskin, and they cannot consent. Court decisions have upheld the doctrine that any removed body tissue becomes property of the hospital. Hospitals may do whatever they wish with such tissue, including selling it without a patients consent. Such tissues include foreskins removed during circumcision. Hence the “consent” Organogenesis claims to receive is not even a legal requirement.

Man Accused of Stealing Human Skin From Hospital | NBC 10 Philadelphia.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-30/news/50213986_1_human-skin-apligraf-grafts

VICE Media reports on anti-circumcision awareness

Intaction was interviewed by VICE Media at the unveiling ceremony of the Mobile Education Unit. Read the article below:

http://www.vice.com/read/intaction-is-fighting-for-your-babys-foreskin

Anti-circumcision activists outside the “mobile education unit.” All photos by Erica Euse

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the philosophy of Anthony Losquadro, an anti-circumcision activist. Losquadro is the executive director of Intaction, an organization that has been informing the public about the harmful mental and physical effects of circumcising baby boys since 2010. On Saturday, Intaction unveiled their mobile education unit, a large truck plastered with photos of men sullenly holding their baby photos with the text “I did not consent.” Inside the truck are massive screens that play videos castigating the practice of cutting baby wieners.

When I visited the truck on Saturday afternoon, it was strategically parked across from the New York Medical Center on First Avenue in Manhattan, a hospital where thousands of baby foreskins have been and will be chopped off. Intaction plans to take to the streets in their new mobile unit, traveling the Tri-State Area and stopping at college campuses and other hospitals. All this talk of baby boners is not for nothing—according to the Center for Disease Control, the rate for circumcision has dropped 10 percent over the past 30 years, and part of that decline is likely thanks to the outspoken efforts of new grassroots organizations like Intaction.

Losquadro and his crew hope to continue to decrease the practice of circumcision through more education and awareness. To understand the importance of the foreskin, why they see circumcision as genital mutilation, and how the tradition of circumcision has been perpetuated, I sat down with Losquadro outside Intaction’s mobile education unit for a little chat.

VICE: Why is Intaction out here?
Anthony Losquadro: 
American society discounts the anatomical function of the foreskin. It is a natural body part that all mammals have, and it contains 20,000 specialized nerve endings, which serve an important function, and it’s very painful and stressful to remove it. It is primarily done in America and the Middle East. Europe, South America, and Asia—they don’t practice this. There it is the exception rather than the rule. Here in America, it is the rule rather than the exception, but that trend is changing.

How prominent is circumcision in New York?
Right now, according to New York State health statistics, only 42 percent of boys in New York are being circumcised. To some extent, doctors are pushing it, and the registered nurses on the maternity ward floors. A lot of it is out of ignorance, practice, and custom.

What is Inaction’s main goal with this campaign?
Our main goal is education and awareness. My experience is that once people stop and think about it, they realize how ludicrous it is to circumcise a baby. Today, with the internet, it is very easy to get information. Whereas in the past, they had to rely a doctor’s guidance. Now they can research it on their own and fall back on common sense. If he is healthy and it is a normal body part, why are they removing it?

Doctors sometimes cite medical reasons for why babies should be circumcised. Are those valid?
There are really no medical reasons to amputate a healthy body part. They have claimed that it can prevent HIV, but it is not a reliable means for prevention. A lot of studies that have been cited have been called out by doctor’s groups in Europe. They say that the studies are biased because they are done by researchers who have spent their life being vocal proponents of circumcision.

How has circumcision continued for so long?
Throughout the ages they keep coming up with new excuses for circumcision. It originally started in America during the Victorian age, the age of sexual repression, as a way to keep boys from masturbating. If you cut off the foreskin, they will have less pleasurable sensation in the penis. Then that theory wore thin, so they came up with new ones. They said it’s for better hygiene. Then they came up with HPV and HIV. Now they are trying to claim that it prevents prostate cancer. The United States has one of the highest rates of HIV infection for a Westernized society; we also have the highest circumcision rate. So where is the benefit?

People have been very supportive of ending female genital mutilation abroad. How is this different?
I have traveled to a lot of international conferences focused on all forms of genital mutilation. Other countries tell us, “How can you come here and tell us female genital mutilation is wrong when you do male genital mutilation in your country? You are hypocrites.” We have no standing when we are trying to tell African nations not to circumcise women, when we are doing it to our sons.

Are the men in the group mostly circumcised or not?
It is a mixed group. The majority of the men have been circumcised, and they are unhappy about it. This is something that has been put into the closet. Where can you discuss that you are unhappy that you have been circumcised? There is no venue. That is why organizations like Intaction are providing that venue. We aren’t going to make jokes about it. It is an uncomfortable subject to talk about, so people like to make jokes, but it is a serious issue. It’s a form of men’s rights.

What about foreskin restoration? What is that about?
It is a type of skin expansion process that surgeons use, meaning that if you place the skin under tension for a long enough period of time, the skin cells will grow to relieve that tension. There are various methods that they use to put tension on the skin of the penis to pull it forward and attempt to restore the foreskin. It isn’t a perfect situation. It is also kind of a long process because skin doesn’t grow that fast; it takes years. A few men have done it, and a lot of men are attempting to do it, but our primary mission is trying to keep babies boys from [being circumcised]. Right now there are probably half a dozen circumcisions going on in this building and the hospitals in the area. It happens every day, and most of it is ignorance.

Intaction unveils Mobile Education Unit for circumcision awareness


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May 10, 2014 (NYC): Today Intaction unveiled an audacious step for the anti-circumcision movement with the introduction of a dedicated Mobile Education Unit. The mobile unit was unveiled in front of the NYU-Langone Medical Center in New York City to Intaction members.

The anti-circumcision movement of the modern era has been in existence for about thirty years, but its recently gained significant momentum for a variety of reasons. There are many visionary concepts that were originally created by other intactivist organizations. We picked best of what we have seen and built on those ideas. However having said that we think this mobile unit is unlike anything ever seen or done before.

It was over four months of intensive work getting this project completed, from the inception, the creative design, logistics, and mechanical upgrades. One thing you will notice is there is a consistency of messaging, from the visual photographs, the captions, the internet URL/domain, and the printed literature handed out from the mobile unit. We feel this consistency is vital to the communication of our message.

 

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When we take on a project we pledge to deliver on our promises. Not only does the end result have to satisfy our vision, but we want to meet the expectations of Intaction members and supporters – who we call THE INTACT NATION. The members have entrusted their hard-earned money with Intaction to get something done, and we take that trust very seriously. In this case, we hope we’ve exceeded their expectations.

Some physical facts about the mobile unit. It has over 466 square feet of fixed graphic display space with lighting, 24 sqft of video screens, and a sound system. There is interior storage space inside the body. The uses & possibilities of this mobile unit are limited only by our imagination.

When you put the whole package together, along with a professional execution, we feel this will have a tremendous impact on the public perception of circumcision.

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We want to recognize some people who have made very generous donations to Intaction for this mobile unit, going above and beyond the call, and they are recognized on our dedication plaque (mounted on the right side of the mobile unit) as Leaders of Human Rights & Genital Integrity. Without their support this project could not have reached the level of success that we have achieved.

 

 

 

We plan a busy upcoming schedule which will include weekly outings throughout the tri-state (NY-NJ-CT) area. We plan on visiting hospitals, college campuses, and outdoor public events.

The hope is that when people see this mobile unit, they will understand what the men behind the message are saying. What was done in the past is done, that can’t be changed. But let’s stop repeating the mistakes of the past on the next generation of children.

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Intaction to unveil a “full-time” Mobile Education Unit

Date & Time: May 10, 2014 at 12 Noon

Place: NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 1st Ave., NYC, curbside

Following months of preparation and planning, Intaction is excited to announce the upcoming introduction of our Mobile Education Unit in a New York City event. This mobile unit was specifically outfitted to conduct our upcoming Tri-state (NY-NJ-CT) anti-circumcision awareness campaign.

Never before has our movement had the benefit of such a focused, continuous, and very public display of anti-circumcision messaging.

Our unique multi-function vehicle has over 400 square feet of printed graphic display area and 25 square feet of video display.

In anticipation of the launch of the mobile unit, Intaction created a new I DID NOT CONSENT campaign to help the public-at-large understand the harm inflicted by circumcision. Recently, we conducted a photo-shoot at a Union Square (NYC) photo studio with the subjects of the campaign. The stunning high resolution photos taken in the session will be used, along with the many member submitted “selfies” uploaded to our website.

Our event is open to both intactivists, or anyone who wants to learn more about our mission. It will be a first time opportunity to see the mobile unit up close, and to talk to the Intaction members who made this project possible.

The mobile unit will be in front of NYU Hospital, which we feel is an appropriate location to not only introduce our mobile unit but start educating the public and medical professionals about the controversy surrounding circumcision.

We believe that this Mobile Education Unit will offer an unparalleled opportunity to advance our advocacy. More importantly, our effort will be focused on increasing the awareness of young people about our cause, and convincing them to make it their cause too.

Our intention is to have our mobile education unit on the road every week for 2014 in the Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) area. We will be visiting hospitals, college campuses, and high visibility locations. People will definitely be impacted with such a highly visible campaign, and the effect of repeatedly seeing it everywhere.

Intaction Anti-Circumcision Activists Picket Home of Leading Pediatrician

Intaction members picketed outside the home of Susan Blank, M.D., chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision.

The Intaction picketers are demanding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force retract it’s recently released report (Pediatrics Vol 130 No 3 Sept 2012 “Circumcision Policy Statement”) that promotes infant circumcision. Thirty-seven physicians from prestigious medical societies in seventeen European countries recently authored a strong rebuke of the AAP 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement. The European doctors say the AAP is culturally biased and unethical. Members of Intaction want to make sure the AAP Task Force hears that message.

The European medical groups’ response to the AAP report (Pediatrics 2012-2896 March 18,2013) states, “Seen from the outside, cultural bias reflecting the normality of non-therapeutic male circumcision in the United States seems obvious, and the report’s conclusions are different from those reached by physicians in other parts of the Western world, including Europe, Canada, and Australia. There is growing consensus among physicians, including those in the United States, that physicians should discourage parents from circumcising their healthy infant boys because non-therapeutic circumcision of underage boys in Western societies has no compelling health benefits, causes post-operative pain, can have serious long-term consequences, constitutes a violation of the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and conflicts with the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm.”

The picketers are enraged over the recent news reports (WMCTV-5, November 6, 2013) from Memphis TN that baby Ashton Rhodes was severely disfigured by his doctor during circumcision. His mother Maggie Rhodes stated, “When he was in the room, he was screaming like life and death like, like there wasn’t no tomorrow, when she pulled back the cloth, like the thing (penis) was like gone.” Maggie Rhodes was following her doctors advice that circumcision would be beneficial for her son. Intaction holds Dr. Blank and the other members of the AAP Circumcision Task Force partly responsible for this alleged needless and tragic genital mutilation as doctors and parents rely on the AAP’s policy for guidance.

“No man ever consented to be circumcised as an infant, yet they have had to live with the consequences all of their lives,” said Intaction Executive Director Anthony Losquadro. “The AAP has flip-flopped with its advice about circumcision seven times over the last 30 years. Now the AAP convened yet another task force with an agenda to change policy based on shaky newfound evidence. Medical experts worldwide, backed by substantial medical research, question the benefits of circumcision, especially when compared to the harm many males have experienced. We are demanding answers from Dr. Blank on behalf of all the men and babies who have experienced harm at the hands of American medical professionals.”

The Intaction protesters include people of varying religious backgrounds, including Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant. “98% of circumcisions done in America are for non-religious quasi-medical reasons, that is what we oppose. We have no desire to interfere with anyone’s practice of their religious beliefs.” said Anthony.

Furthermore, the AAP report specifically recommends that insurance companies and Medicaid fund infant circumcision to give access to the “health benefits” to all. “We in Intaction believe it is about financial gain for the medical industry, unfortunately,” said Intaction member Gary Costanza. With decreasing reimbursement rates by government and insurance companies, doctors are trying to hold ground on billable charges by exploiting a baby boy’s anatomy.

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Some of the health benefits listed by the AAP, and refuted by the European physicians, include the supposed prevention of penile cancer, HIV, other sexually-transmitted diseases, and urinary tract infections (UTI). Of those issues, the European physicians said that UTI’s are the only issue that circumcision may actually reduce, but noted that UTI’s are uncommon for boys, and can easily be treated with antibiotics instead. “The other claimed health benefits are also questionable, weak, and likely to have little public health relevance in a Western context, and they do not represent compelling reasons for surgery before boys are old enough to decide for themselves. Circumcision fails to meet the commonly accepted criteria for the justification of preventive medical procedures in children,” states the response from the European doctors.

“Many Americans inaccurately believe that male circumcision is not as serious as female genital mutilation, and that the foreskin is just a useless piece of skin,” said Intaction’s David Grant. “This is simply not true. The foreskin and frenulum, which is similar to the clitoris, has millions of nerve endings that increase a man’s sexual pleasure, it protects the glans, offers immune system response, and provides friction that increases a female partner’s sexual pleasure. Nature and evolution doesn’t make design mistakes, and it is foolish for doctors to think they can improve on nature’s design.”

“Even the studies that claim that circumcision limits diseases only show a small benefit, like a one percent decrease or increase,” said protester Michael Huebner . “Even I can do the math to see the supposed benefits do not outweigh the potential consequences, and I’m not a scientist. These babies have a human right to stay the way nature intended. If they want to be circumcised later in life, that should be their choice.”

Activists march the Brooklyn Dominican Parade

On August 25, 2013, NYC intactivists led by Intaction Hispanic coordinator Aura Gigante marched the Brooklyn Dominican parade along Graham Avenue from Metropolitan Avenue to Broadway, educating the public on the circumcision issue.

Marchers handed out Intaction’s flyers to the public in both Spanish and English. The Latino community traditionally does not practice circumcision of babies. Our mission is to educate Latinos to preserve those traditions. With proper information, Latinos can avoid the influence of biased American doctors and resist the pressure to circumcise their babies.

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