On 30 September 2006, a US federal law was enacted which prevented the practice of female genital mutilation of minors, aslo known as female circumcision. The criminalization subsection of this law went into effect on 30 March 1997 and is the generally recognized effective date. 13 years later, boys are still not protected from routine infant genital mutilation, commonly refered to as circumcision. The week of March 26 – April 1 is recognized as genital integrity awareness week. On March 30, there will be a March Against Infant Circumcision.
Say no to infant circumcision by signing the petition against the CDC’s proposed recommendation for unecessary cosmetic surgery which causes permanent ramifications without the permission. Spread the word:
Newborn male circumcision is the most common surgical procedure performed in the U.S. Many people believe that there are tangible health benefits to male circumcision but, the truth is no medical society in the world recommends it. In fact, the American Medical Association calls the surgery “non-therapeutic.” What’s worse, over 100 babies die as a result of complications from circumcision in the U.S. each year.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is developing public health recommendations for the U.S. on male circumcision – ignoring the serious risks such as hemorrhage, infection, surgical mishap, and death – in favor of highly debatable and inconclusive research.
The CDC is the foremost expert on public health in our country and, as such, has a responsibility to share the truth about circumcision.
I just took action, signing a petition to the CDC, demanding the organization release a truthful statement on the harms and risks of circumcision.
If you believe as I do, that we should protect newborn babies from harmful and unnecessary surgery, then join me by clicking the link below:
Learn more about circumcision at the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers.
I signed the petition and hope everyone who reads this to do likewise. I was circumcised at birth. I really wish I had not been. I feel like my body has been violated. I am missing a part of me that I want back. I am restoring, but I can only regain part of what was taken from me.
My body, my choice.