Archive for the ‘Genital integrity’ Category

The Child-Rape Assembly Line

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In Ritual Bathhouses of the Jewish Orthodoxy, Children Are Systematically Abused:

Female circumcision in America

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Baby died after botched home circumcision

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Manchester crown court told that Goodluck Caubergs died the day after undergoing procedure without anaesthetic:

Israeli pediatric association calls for end to circumcision-related rite

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association is calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite that is also under fire in New York.

The IAPA said that direct oral-genital suction, known as metzitzah b’peh, should not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision. It is calling on Israel’s Health Ministry to require maternity wards and clinics to advise parents against metzitzah b’peh, Israeli media are reporting.

Circumcision, the ultimate parenting dilemma

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

While Europe increasingly questions the practice of circumcising boys, US paediatricians are about to say that the medical case for it is getting stronger. Most US adult men are circumcised, but the number of newborns having the op is falling, and is now below 50% in some states – intensifying the dilemma for parents.

Swiss legal experts divided over circumcision

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Moves by two Swiss hospitals to suspend the practice of circumcising boys in the wake of an adverse court ruling about the procedure in Germany have sparked heated debate amongst legal experts in Switzerland.


Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Debates within the jewish comunity:

SMF: Letter to Mrs Merkel to protect German children from ritual genital cutting

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Secular Medical Forum SMF, based in the United Kingdom, which campaigns to protect people from the harmful imposition of other people’s beliefs writes: “We urge you to join us in offering our unreserved support for the recent Cologne district court ruling outlawing non-therapeutic infant male circumcision. Despite calls for condemnation of the ruling, especially from Jewish and Muslim organisations, we, and the Royal Dutch Medical Association believe the practice to be potentially harmful. More importantly, this ruling correctly places the welfare of vulnerable children above the unrestrained expression of adult beliefs…

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“Leave your son intact”

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Jenny Goodman, doctor, psychotherapist and Jewish feminist, appeared in Victor Schonfeld’s ground-breaking documentary, “It’s A Boy!”, shown on British television in September 1995. Since then, she has been challenging circumcision both within the Jewish community and in the wider world. She has appeared twice on BBC national television, spoken on several radio programs, and has had articles published in national newspapers. She has also participated in panel discussions on circumcision, and led workshop-sessions on it at Jewish women’s conferences. Far more hours than all of the above have been spent in deep discussion with pregnant friends and acquaintances who are going through “the Decision” (to circumcise or not). Jenny increasingly tried not to say, “I’ll support you, whatever you decide.” She is more likely to say, “I think you shouldn’t hurt your baby, whatever the pressures from family, community and tradition. And I’ll support you in taking the courage to make the only ethical decision there is — to leave your son intact.”

Goodman wrote this open letter to friends who will be in attendance at the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, Lausanne, Switzerland, August, 1996, as published in the Syllabus of Abstracts of the Symposium:

Boys circumcised for religious reasons are victims of assault, says German court

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

NON-THERAPEUTIC circumcisions constitute a “serious and irreversible interference” with the human body, a Cologne district court ruled yesterday.