Comments of Individual Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution

Below are the public comments made by endorsers of the Montagu Resolution. Feel free to browse through the list using the letters above and below the table of comments.

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Name—Country Comment
Babbs, O.B.—USA My mother chose to have three sons by home birth (I'm the middle brat) without the aid of any organized medical personel. no midwife, now doctor-- NADA...I didn't go to a hospital or see a doctor for a couple weeks after I was born in 1969....The gift You don't know how many years went by before I realized my mother gave me the greatest gift a mother could give - ALL OF ME - FOR ME. I remember the day a few years ago when I first came to awareness of this circumcision sickness our baby boys had been tortured with for hundreds- some cases - thousands of years! (see, if you HAVE a foreskin, these horrible issues don't come up because the trauma is not there) So, I randomly stubbling across this cut vs uncut debate, dove into the research- and what I found in just 24 hours had me flooded in tears, calling my Mom to thank her for being the protective perfect Mother that she truly was - from the day of my birth until I walked out on my own...I was thirty years old, crying with my Mother on the phone, thanking her for letting me be a Man! ...Or whatever the hell I wanted to be- always.....always giving the Choice to ME! Wow, what a Mommy. Here I was, with a full, wonderful body, proud to share this monumental moment of appreciation- telling Mom she gave me the greatest gift a son could ever, ever ask for- the whole of me....And she (being that level headed center of awareness that she always is) just sort of chuckles into the phone as if perfect parenting came as easliy as her homemade rubarb pie- says "that's what we fought for all those years in the sixies, O.B. You should have seen hospitals back then- It was so horrible that nobody had rights...It was a scary place for a women...We weren't having any of that." My mother cared enough about children to RESEACH their rights and safety BEFORE taking on the overwhelming task of having children... SHE IS FINISHING HER BOOK AUTOBIOGRAPHY THIS YEAR - CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT INFO OR WOULD JUST LIKE TO TALK! love your mommy! O.B. Babbs
Bachvaroff, Atanas—Bulgaria This act of barbarism should be completely denied all over the world and should be outlawed (Romans did it more than 2000 years ago - did they have more knowledge than we have today?). I think if the evolution has not removed the foreskin or clitoris as part of the male respectively female body for hundreds thousands years, then we have no rights to do so. The Nature is surely "clever" than us (religions are made of humans therefore they are not "clever" than the Nature, not to mention people's prejudices on circumcision of children/infants). These are my arguments against.
Bacigalupi, Renald—USA After realizing I have been losing sensitivity for the last ten years and restoring recently, I've come to the conclusion that circumsision should not be done at all. No medical doctor has ever improved what nature has created by cutting away highly sensitive nerve endings from a male sex organ. That natural covering is there for a reason. We were born intact. I realize there may be occasional foreskin problems which require medical attention but to remove the foreskin to fix the problem is not necessary. At birth, cutting a males foreskin off is ruining his sexual sensitivity for the rest of his life. This is truly mutalation. It should be stopped.
Baeumler, Erika—Germany Infant circumcision is plain child abuse. I'm very dissapointed that the USA does that to their children! It's genital mutilation!
Baguchinsky-Lunn, Monica—USA Every individual has the right to determine what happens to his/her own body when they are old/mature enough to understand the implications and should never be forced, coerced, intimidated into doing anything against their wishes.
bailey, steve—USA it is against the jewish religion for anyone that is not jewish to circumcise either men or women, children consenting or at birth, it is a moral sin people are born complete and whole and mutilation by any name is Wrong
Bailey, Tiffany—USA What kind of people are we to allow this to continue? The more civilized we become, the less human we are.
Baiza, Abel—USA Circumcision is wrong, crude, rude, and indignant.
Baiza, Aurelia—USA Leave the babies alone. They have no choice.
Baker, Ben—USA Being an uncircumcised boy was difficult as a youth in America. Now that I have grown to appreciate individuality, I can acknowledge the great benefits of being spared the mutilation that many of my peers were subjected to. I share my anti-circumcision views with anyone who will listen to them. We shouldnĺt be cutting pieces of very important flesh from our babies. Thanks Mom, for going against convention. I do not take my integrity for granted.
Baker, Jeannine—USA Devoted my entire life to keeping our children whole, Genital Integrity is right up my birth canal. Let us cease to cut mothers, babies, and children of any age. My hope is that all humankind can trust that we are already completely holy just the way we come.
Baker, Karen—USA I educate parents about the subject of routine neonatal circumscision in an effort to prevent it. Many babies are spared. Some are not and I grieve for each one. One of my own sons was circumscised as a newborn and one son is intact! I was so ignorant when my first son was born. I vow to teach mothers what I did not know. I want to see an end to this violence.
Baldridge, James—USA Mutilation - whether based in religion or in science - is WRONG and must be prevented. Cultures should be supported, but education, awareness, and pressure may be employed to stop this unneccessary act.
Baler, Leigh—USA "Everyone else" is doing it -- do you really think that's a good thing to base any decision on? Stop for a minute and think for yourself. If a doctor is causing your baby intense physical pain and trauma for no apparent good reason... well, do you really have to stop and think about that one? I'm still waiting to hear a good reason for such a procedure.
Ball, Linda—USA I have read that pheremones are secreted from the foreskin which not only triggers a receptive response in a female (thus causing her to lubricate easily during intercourse and preventing a man from injuring her) but activates a bonding response among males. I also wonder if the experience of pain that boys endure at circumcision wounds them emotionally in terms of expecting life to be painful, that no one can or will protect them, which could causes them to distrust others and to shut down their sensitivity in order to endure.
Ball, Nancy—USA No one under the age of consent should be subjected to such treatment. If the decision to circumsize oneself were left to the adult individual, the practice would cease to exist.
Ball, Peter—United Kingdom All children have a right to their genital integrity
Banks, Mona—USA First hand experience tells me this is not a good thing.
Banyai, Aaron—USA Ouch!
Barnes, Michael—USA To remove part of someone's body for no medical reason is an abomination. To do it without anaesthesia should be a crime.
Barnett, Dan—USA It is my belief that if we are to enter an era of equality we must recognize unfair practices (such as mutilation) where ever they may exist as debilitating and offensive and take measures against them with certainty and resolve.
Barnett, David—USA A foreskin is not a birth defect in need of correction!
Barr, Alison—USA Circumcision is, in all but extremely rare cases, medically unnecessary. Having witnessed many circumcisions as a nurse, I can say that they cause extreme pain, stress, and terror in infants. I now refuse to assist in them. My son, who is 30, is uncircumcised (as are many of his peers with whom he grew up). His foreskin was undisturbed as an infant, except to cleanse gently with soap and water on a daily basis (no forceable retraction, until the adhesions dissolved gradually on their own). He was taught good hygeine and self care as a young child. Consequently he is healthy and has reported no problems due to having an intact foreskin. I know a man, on the other hand, who has painful erections due to having been circumcised. He feels mutilated.
Barr, Alison—USA As well as being an assault on innocent newborn males, there is no medical rationale for circumcision, and many good reasons NOT to... risks of infection, excessive bleeding, cutting too much foreskin off with resultant painful erections, etc. My son and most of the sons of my friends are uncut, were taught good hygeine, and are healthy adult men.
barrett, stefanie—USA End circ now!
Barton, Amy—New Zealand All infants - male, female or 'intersex' - deserve specific protection by law for the genitals they were born with. Many seem aghast at FGM but practice MGM on their own children. This is an ignorant, even a racist position. Only culture and tradition separate the two. All non-consensual genital cutting is wrong and breaches human rights legislation.
Bates, Steven —USA Barbaric, cruel, and exceedingly KINKY
bates, todd—USA want to end the cruelty of any further babies being born, and aboslish genital cutting (mutilation) for good, and arrest any one who takes a instrument or any object to a childs genitals, for the sake of removing healthy tissue.
Bauerlin, Miriam—USA Sacred and relates to the dignity of the person
Bazzani, Leah—USA Every single child has the right to choose what happens to their body, especially if it is a permanent alteration such as circumcision. American doctors need to face the consequences for having mutilated millions of babies needlessly and passing this awful tradition on.
Beall, Sherry—USA We have blindly, without question, been mutilating little boys for way too long. It is time to wake up and understand that Mother Nature knows much more than us. There is a reason for the foreskin and it is not right to mutilate a little boy or put him thru such pain (for the rest of his life).
Becerril, Denise—USA I wish I had seen sites like this before the birth of my son. But more over, I wish this site wasn't even needed.
Becker, Theresa—USA it's barbaric and sexist, and hard to believe it still exists.
Beddoe, A.—USA It is time to end this barbaric custom. No one has the right to mutilate others, especially the defenseless.
Beier, Meike—Germany Translation of my letter (slightly edited) as printed in the German daily newspaper "Frankfurter Rundschau" on March 25th, 2004 (in reply to another letter that passionately condemned FGM): Double standard: Cuts I don't want to belittle the inconceivable suffering experienced by the victims of FGM. But when the topic of genital mutilation is discussed, I find it puzzling that while FGM stirs up extremely strong emotions, the indifference and silence could hardly be more pronounced when those affected are not female, but male. Each year, about 2 million girls are circumcised world-wide. We are horrified by that, and rightly so. But each year, six times as many - about 13 million - boys are circumcised world-wide as well. That, we accept without qualms and questions. Why? Shouldn't we be sceptical about all kinds of medically unnecessary, irreversible modifications of the most private parts of dependant, non-consenting children? Shouldn't we even generally oppose it, for ethical reasons? Right to intactness for both sexes Even if circumcision of boys is a less severe operation than the extreme types of FGM - the existence of a more harmful infringement is far from being a justification for the lesser violation. Boys deserve the same rights as girls to bodily integrity, to genital intactness, to their full and nature-given sexuality. As a so-called civilized society founded on universal and indivisible human rights, it is time that we outgrow this double standard and develop the understanding that the genitals of ALL minors are off-limits. Whatever the religion or culture: The only person to rightfully make the decision to be circumcised is an adult - for his OWN body. Those who agree might want to sign the petition at www.montagunocircpetition.org. Original German version: Mein Leserbrief (fast) wie er in der Frankfurter Rundschau vom 25.3.2004 abgedruckt wurde (in Antwort auf einen Leserbrief, der FGM leidenschaftlich verdammt hatte): Doppelstandard: Schnitte Ich m´┐Żchte das unglaubliche Leid von Opfern weiblicher Genitalverst´┐Żmmelung (engl. Abk´┐Żrzung FGM) nicht schm´┐Żlern. Doch bei diesem Thema irritiert es mich immer wieder, dass die emotionalen Wellen bei FGM hoch schlagen, aber die Gleichg´┐Żltigkeit und das Schweigen kaum gr´┐Ż´┐Żer sein k´┐Żnnten, wenn die Betroffenen nicht weiblichen, sondern m´┐Żnnlichen Geschlechts sind. Pro Jahr werden weltweit etwa 2 Millionen M´┐Żdchen beschnitten. Das finden wir zu Recht furchtbar. Pro Jahr werden weltweit aber auch mehr als 6 Mal so viele, n´┐Żmlich etwa 13 Millionen, Jungen beschnitten. Das nehmen wir ohne Bedenken und Hinterfragen hin. Warum? Sollten wir nicht jeder medizinisch unn´┐Żtigen, irreversiblen Modifikation der privatesten K´┐Żrperteile von abh´┐Żngigen und nicht einwilligungsf´┐Żhigen Kindern zumindest skeptisch, wenn nicht sogar aus ethischen Gr´┐Żnden prinzipiell ablehnend gegen´┐Żberstehen? Recht auf Unversehrtheit f´┐Żr beide Geschlechter Auch wenn die Beschneidung von Jungen ein weniger schwerwiegender Eingriff ist als die extremen Formen von FGM - die Existenz von schlimmeren ´┐Żbergriffen ist noch lange keine Rechtfertigung f´┐Żr die geringf´┐Żgigere Verletzung. Jungen verdienen das gleiche Recht auf k´┐Żrperliche Unversehrtheit, auf genitale Integrit´┐Żt, auf ihre vollst´┐Żndige, naturgegebene Sexualit´┐Żt wie M´┐Żdchen. Als sogenannte zivilisierte, auf universellen und unantastbaren Menschenrechten basierende Gesellschaft ist es an der Zeit, dass wir ´┐Żber diesen Doppelstandard hinauswachsen und das Bewusstsein entwickeln, dass die Geschlechtsorgane ALLER Minderj´┐Żhrigen tabu sind. Welche Religion oder Kultur auch immer: Die Entscheidung zur Beschneidung sollte nur ein Erwachsener f´┐Żr seinen EIGENEN K´┐Żrper treffen d´┐Żrfen. Wer dem beipflichtet, m´┐Żchte sich vielleicht der Petition unter www.montagunocircpetition.org anschlie´┐Żen.
Beissel, Troy—USA I firmly believe that it is an inhuman practice to mutilate the genitals of an infant of any gender. While it is illegal and unacceptable to preform a non-consentual genital mutilation on a female under the age of 18 it is a widely acceptable and legal to mutilate the genitals of an infant male. I find this to be utterly appalling and I adamently support any action which will protect the innocence and the basic human rights of our infant male chidren from this inhuman practice which has been accepted for too long in modern society.
Bellonci, Gioconda—USA We give birth to tremendous human potential..the potential held in 100 billion neurons that, based on experience in the early days and years, propel us to our possible greatness. A painful, unnecessary procedure performed in the absence of love quite simply stops us in our tracks. If we are ever to achieve peace we must begin at the beginning by treating our children with greater respect than that.
Bellonci, Peter—USA As an uncircumcised male who was made to feel like a barbarian when I tried to protect my own sons when they were born, I have become a vociferous opponent to this unnecessary and damaging practice. Now, married to a woman who works with pregnant and birthing women, I revisit this issue often - and always with regret that I was unable to successfully stand up for my sons.
Benfield, Adrianne—USA Stop it. It's stupid.
Benson, Karl—USA Female circumcision has been abolished in so many places and yet male circumcision persists. Female circumcision was said to have its virtues, but that was later replaced with the opinion that it is horrific. Male circumcision is still said to have its virtues, even though it mutilates helpless children, just like in female circumcision. There is no difference ultimately.
Benson—USA Say NO! to Circumcision!!! I'm a proud parent of an intact son. Spread the word.
Berberick, Phillip—USA NO ONE, not a parent, not even a doctor, has the RIGHT to alter another's body in any way without their consent. As an adult, one can choose whatever pleases them, but circumcision should not be forced on an infant.
Beresky, T—USA It has taken my over six years to restore my foreskin, and I do not think that any male should ever have to go through what I have to regain feeling in my Glans.
Berger, Rene Ich finde es zum kotzen wie die Beschneidung der Frau verboten wird und nicht f├╝r den man. Mein Partner wurde aus Religi├Âsengr├╝nden beschniten. Er f├╝llt immer weniger und weniger in seienr Eichel und das nur weil seien Eichel immer weiter desensibilisiert, weil er ja keine Vorhaut mher hat. Es belasted ihn sehr stark. Ich hoffe das es bald in Deutschland/EU verboten wird und nicht mehr tod geschwiegen!
Berggren, Vanja—Sweden I did my PhD thesis in Sudan and in Sweden about Female Genital Mutilation. I supervise doctoral students in the issue today and lectures and perform research in the midleeast, in Africa and in Sweden in the topic.
Berman, Sharon—USA We did not circumcise our son and are very happy with our decision. We think he will be, too!
Bernabeo, Michael Surgery on healthy, developing tissue poses an unnecessary risk to the health and safety of a child. Disfigurement, permanent scarring, mental retardation, and DEATH have been SURGICALLY induced on otherwise healthy children; logic and ethics should alone bar this practice. Moreover, every child deserves an INTACT, NATURAL body, and the right to decide for themselves what they want. As one who will be forced to live the rest of their life with the consequence of such a decision, how can we allow ANYONE to decide FOR them?
Bernier, Lawrence—USA I am not circuscied and neither is my son. There is no need except greed to mutilate our boys.
Bernstein, Kira—USA I am of Jewish background, and I do not support circumcision, excision, or incision for anyone. I request that doctors, nurses, and mohels stop performing any procedures. I request that the traditional Bris Rite be replaced with a Welcome and Celebration Rite which does not include any form of circumcision or mutilation of newborn boys. I will never circumcise a child of mine, and will speak out as often as I am able to end and correct this mistake that others are making.
Bertucci, Raffaella—USA Nature knows what it's doing. Every animal is born perfect for survival in its environment. Uman beings should not tamper with the perfection of creation. If you think that it would make it cleaner: cut your ears so that you don't have to wash them, don't cut pieces of your own children!
Best, Patrick—Canada All men and boys are born with a foreskin and I do not think anyone has the right to remove it unless for health reasons. I am proud to say that when I was born, my doctor and my mom decided to leave mine intact but the rest of my brothers went under the knife.
Betz-Baron, Pamela—USA Circumcision is an extremely painful and medically unnecessary procedure. More and more Jewish families are also beginning to question its necessity. Female circumcision is painful and disfiguring, often for life. The complications are numerous.
Bfaller, Karl—USA How can a person have Genital Integrity if it was taken from him as an Infant. What must one do to regain his Genital Integrity? As for my self . I feel now ,a more complete person than ever. Since I starte Forskin restoration.And am glad there are many others who have joined in such a restoration process. Must do what we can to get the word out that such a procedure is possible. To help other American Males to feel as a whole person.As I have found.
Bialor, Phillip—USA I am most appalled at the double standard that exists within the United States when you compare the universal revulsion of Female Genital Mutilation and the universal ignorance and acceptance of Routine Infant Male Circumcision (RIMC) and the unwillingness of Americans to reclassify RIMC as Male Genital Mutilation stating that it isn't the same thing as Female Genital Mutilation and that RIMC doesn't cause the same harm as Female Genital Mutilation.
biberstein melom, gail—USA Infant male circumcision should be outlawed in the United States, just as female genital mutilation is prohibited. It is a barbaric procedure with no medical justification; we are the only developed country in the world that practices this torture. Videos of actual circumcision operations should be aired on network and cable television, and passed around the Internet, so that people may learn the truth about this abominable operation.
Biermeier, Sarah—USA Circumcision needs to be stopped immediately. We are harming and mutilating a perfect part of a little boys body. It isn't ours to harm, whether or not we gave birth to him. We need to educate people on circumcision. It is a lot more then just checking a box in the hospital. We are forever traumatizing these one and two day old infants. As a doula, I educate all of my clients, and I am VERY proud to say, that I do not work with people who circumcise, as they all change their minds after they read what really happens!! We need to preach about all of the reasons NOT TO CUT!!
binder, p—Canada I did not know I was cut untill I was in my 40's. Now it is so ovious, the ugly scar.. the tight skin, the bizzare sexual behaviors. I have been restoring now for over a year. Today I can relax and just hang.. I could not before..Its normal for uncutmen to hang long>>and not feel any sexual pressure. But when ever I hung "loose" it was a signal for sex.. It was awful.. An artificial hardon.. and it affected EVERY relationship i ever had. I did not understand NORMAL. My skin was so tight.. that i could not realy achieve a Real Erection. Worse ,, I could never realy get any satisfacion, and it affected All the woman I was ever with. I had heard of how good sex was supposed to be.. But I never experienced it.. Now I know why.. My ability to experience that one thing is missing. Cut means nerve endings end at a dead end. My Ego could not compensate. I cant imagine a worse thing that can happen to you.. This damage is permanent.. even restoring my foreskin will not replace the nerves.. Still I am gratefull for these web sites.. Without these places to come.. I would stil be lost..
Birgersson, Mats—Sweden I think the UN universel declaration of humen rights och and the Childrens rights ( The childrens convension) and the pleuser you can feel from your forskin is enough to cal circumsion for what it is a crime that should be forbiden bay law.
Bishop, Katharina—United Kingdom Genital Integrity is a fundamental human right and it is imperative that should be reinforced in the laws of every country world-wide.
Bisque, Lisa—USA Genital cutting forced by one person upon another is the lowest form of degenerate behavior imaginable. Since the perpetrators are figures of authority cloaked in the garb of medical caregivers and spiritual do-gooders, this makes the act even more disgusting. They are actually serial violent sexual predators and should be dealt with legally as such! The world of grownups seethes with indignation, disgust, rage, and fear regarding the sexual misuse of children. Until these well- meaning adults realize that the predator is first the prey carved into existence by the will of the parents and carried out by the hands of a monster, this plague upon children will continue to spread. Infant male circumcision is sexual molestation in its most dreadful and destructive form and begins a cycle of sexual degradation leaching into all aspects of one's life. The damage ripples out from the individual and into society, for a child can not be used in such a way without dire consequence. Be warned.
Bitter, Olaf—Germany Everybody has a right to an intact body, but nobody has a right to mutilate anybody, especialy not a helpless baby or even an adult male. Circumcision, this barbaric method should be outlawed all around the world. I can't be thankfull enough that I'm European, and that I have normal thinking, loving parents.
Biviano, Andrew—USA I am glad to see this issue getting attention and am looking forward to the day that the general public gives it the full attention it deserves. We need to stop torturing our children!
Biviano, David—USA I recently had a 50+ yr old friend tell me of his circumcision at the age of 11, along with his brother, cousin and neighbor, without anesthesia, as a coming of age ritual in the Phillipines. He was clearly still traumatized by the experience. However, in my town's hospital or doctor's office in 2002, this ritual is still performed on helpless infants by licensed professionals who fail to properly inform the parents, or attend to their ethical responsibility to do no harm. I will do all I can in my lifetime to stop this cruelty!
Blackmore, Susan—United Kingdom These practices are memes that have thrived for thousands of years in spite of being so harmful to their carriers. Now that we have the insight and ability to prevent them continuing to replicate, we should work for their complete eradication from the memepool.
Blake, Paula—United Kingdom I long for a world in which no child has to undergo the torture and humilation of genital mutilation, for cultural, religious or any other reason. In the meantime, this senseless barbarism continues to haunt me.
Blasdel, C.—USA It is widely acknowledged that women have a right to their body. The notion that Men have a right to the body that they are born with, and to decide as an ADULT what to do or not to do with their foreskin is about 50 years too late.
Bobrow, Lisa—Canada I was raised to believe that circumcision is a rite of passage of religious importance but medical insignificance. After much discussion, debate and soul-searching, I now know otherwise. I'm so glad I found information about circumcision before the birth of my son, and so we were both spared the agony of surgery and a lifetime of regret. I hope other Jewish people, especially if they don't observe the Sabbath or dietary laws, will consider not circumcising as well. The religious ritual of the brit milah can still be done, without the circumcision. There is no justification for subjecting our perfect, tiny sons to circumcision.
Bollinger, Daniel—USA Never in the course of history have so many people been brutalized without a murmur of public dissent. Casually and regularly amputating part of a boy's penis and throwing it away is not religion, not culture and certainly not medicine. It is a criminal assault that the United States refuses to prosecute.
Bonanno, John—USA As an artist with some training in anthropology, I respect the rights of human beings to engage in the customs aggregated in culture. However I consider genital mutilation of children, as extreme abuse that cannot be tolerated or condoned.
Booth, Megan—USA My son is intact, as ALL children should be. There is no REASON to mutilate children for the parents' benefit. If even ONE child can be spared the humiliation and pain of this barbarism, my job is done.
Borg, Jeff—USA Child abuse begins with circumcision.
Bork, Danielle—USA I believe circumcision is a human rights violation. I am very greatful to be able to sign this petition and I pray that circ will be banned in this state and every other state of the united states.
Botari, Johanna—Canada Nothing revolutionary - I agree with ethical findings on the right of a child to bodily integrity regardless of the case by which those in authority (parents, community and religious leaders) might feel justified in committing non-therapeutic surgical acts.
Boyd, Martha—USA Many cultural, societal and religious practices are detrimental to full human and ecological well-being. No child's body should be injured in the pursuit of a cultural or religious norm. Cutting and maiming a person's body even with their consent is debatable at any age and is absolutely intolerable in the context of coercion and inequality. Supporting all people to manifest their potential in health, education, and sustainable livelihood is ethically imperative and essential to our survival on this planet.
Boyle, Jeremy—USA Victim of Male Genital Mutilation, currently undergoing foreskin restoration
Bracewell, James—USA Human males are born with intact genitalia which includes the prepuce. To remove a healthy prepuce is mutilation.
bradt, david—USA I had a rihgt to make that dision about my own body.
Brady, Emerson—USA Equal protection should be provided under law, with violation punishable by heavy fines AND mandatory incarceration. Let the individual, especially the male, be given the right to choose what is to be done to his body.
Braller, Karl—USA It"s time some action is taken to stop the mutulation of infants. Each individual has the right to maintain personal Genital Integrity .
Brazeau, Sean—USA I am completely supportive of having improved measures for circumcision at the least and at better, the protection against non-medically diagnosed (cosmetic) procedures. At the least I believe our public should be better formally educated, through our public school systems, to provide exposure to non bias information about circumcision; both the practice (methods), the medical association's policies, pros and cons, and sufficiently detailed information on genital anatomy (uncircumcised as well as circumcised penis). Real education of this issue will promote awareness, understanding, and tolerance for unpopular opinions and behaviors. Well educated people may have very limited exposure to this popular issue.
Brennecke, Lucinda—USA I am a wife and mother. While pregnant I was faced with the possibility of having a male child and circumcision. I did my research and was mortified at what I discovered. Please stop this unnecessary and horrific surgery and protect the rights of All our children not just our daughters.
Bridenbaugh, Charles—USA I am EXTREMELY against Circumcision in ALL it's forms.hHaving been circumcised myself I would NEVER want to subject another human being to this.I am looking forward to this in-human practice being made illegal.
Brierley, Donelle—USA The people should have an absolute right to their bodies and no one else's. I am very proud to say that my son is intact!
Brierley, Ken—USA Healers don't circumcise
Brogan, Kat—USA I believe this should not be allowed.
Brooks, Jonathon—USA Assaults on the unwilling must be stopped. The fact must be faced that no matter how sensitized the world is to circumcision, it is still the cutting off(mutilation) of a body part of an unwilling, usually crying and screaming participant. Who is ANYBODY to decide how another person's body is made up?
Brooks, Peter—USA It's a crime and ridiculous in this country where we are supposed to be free to do with our bodies what we want. Why should anyone else choose what is done to us?
Broomhead, Diane—USA It takes away a man's right to choose. A baby should not have needless cosmetic surgery without his consent. We don't perform nose jobs on infants just so they can look like dad?
BROWN, CHARL;ES—USA Since circumcision is not required for medical reason, it is therefore a cosmetic procedure. Insurance companies do not pay for cosmetic procedures and especially on a new born. Therefore each time that a Physican applies the code for circumcision as a medical necessity to the records, it is a lie and fruad to the insurance companies. These fraudlant claims increase the costs to all of the members of those insuarnce companies. This is also a HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. Do I need to explain what HRV means? No parent or guardian has the right to perform a cosmetic surgery on a minor. Do you realize that females are protected by law, up to age of 18 from circumcision. Did you know that it is illegal for a human to cut a dog....that says that The American Male is worth less than a dog. As for religious rites, The Jews long ago only took a tip of the foreskin. Only the few orthodox Jews left, are still taking the full skin. I have tried to discuss this with my one Orthodox Jewish male friend. He can only protect himself by not talking at all on the subject. I have no knowledge of the Moslems. The Bill and Milanda Gates Foundation is offering money in the millions to Africa to stop AIDS. And the lady in charge of that part of the fund is in favor of circumcision. It would be nice to know what qualifies her to make such a decision. I am totally opposed to the RITE OF PASSAGE that requires any harm or pain to a person. There is enough to learn in the world that can be used as a test of manhood. Like a school test in the industrialized nations of the world. Let the natives come up with a test on how to build a house;not cutting the boys and allowing many of them to die from the worse cut in the world. Thank you Charles R Brown, Jr.
Brown, Charles—USA I am a strong believer that this is a human rights issue. Cutting and removing the foreskin removes too much of the sensitive part of the male body. I am cut. I know that the skin is calused and dry and has no feeling. True I can not speak for experience of having had the foreskin to experienced the difference. I have read and studied the difference and actually seen males with foreskin and it is amazing the difference in the glans skin compared to mine. Logic alone can tell us there is a difference. So let the adult decide if he wants it removed. It is then only a "beauty" operation as is a face lift. This should never be paid for by government or insurance companies. I have also studied the religious side for the Jewish people and it is not necessary to remove the entire foreskin. Only a tip needs to be removed to satisfy the Jewish rules...even for the Orthodox. My one Jewish male friend will not listen to the discussion. Said that they had to pay $500.00 to get a Mohel to cut the grandson. OH!!!! Perhaps we can not stop this tragic "operation or procedure" but we must try and stop the majority. If it is illegal for females to be cut the we MUST help the males. Some say that there is a difference in circumcising males vs females, but to me that is only trying to satisfy the doctors income and the religious movement. Doctors can cover up their actions in paperwork when they say to insurance companies that "is was a medical necessity" . I understand that there are times that the procedure may be necessary but in most there are alternatives. REMEMBER HUMAN RIGHTS. Thank you
Brown Yes, I am Jewish, but I still think that genital mutilation is horrible!! Honestly, I can't understand how strapping down a minute- old baby down, cutting its penis against its will, is good for anything!! I just can't describe my thoughts about how bad circumcision is!!!
Brownfield, Brad—USA It is terrible that we should call ourselves "modern society" and yet cling to this destructive degradation of our children that has so overwhelmingly been proven as not merely unecessary but contra-indicated for the reasons offered to justify it's existance. That we allow this practice to continue is unforgivable.
Browning, Charles—USA If there is to be peace we must start with the children.
BRUGUERA, Cl├ęment—France Horrible !
Brunk, Mary Kathryn—USA It's tragic that a petition like this is even needed.
Bruno, OFM Conv., M.—USA Moral Theology & the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic faith teaches us that we cannot mutilate our bodies in any fashion (piercings, tattoos, even circumcision). Circumcision was meant to be a specific "mark" intended soley for the Jewish people to remember their "Covenant". Christians have no right or entitlement to this "mark" [because, Jesus Christ's death abolished this previous "Convenant", thus it has no religious significance or lawful binding for Christians].
Brutsche, Timothy—USA good luck with your endeavor to stop the mutilation
Buchanan, Melissa—Australia Any thinking person with compassion should recognise circumcision for what it is- unneccessary and pernicious mutilation.
Buckley, Sarah—Australia As a family MD/GP, I hope that other MDs will stop offering circumcision for non-medical reasons. Here in Australia, the College of Pediatrics have made a strong statement that "There are no medical indications for routine male circumcision" (see www.racp.edu.au/hpu/circumcision/index.htm for an excellent document which assesses all of the medical literature.) Rates in Australia are estimated at 10%- more in some states, even though a recent article in our Medical Journal of Australia estimates that medical reasons for circumcision are very rare- estimated at less than 1% (MJA 2003, 17 Feb,178(4), pp155-9 and editorial p 148) Medicare, our public health care system, does not pay for routine circumcision, which is probably the most important disincentive.
Buczek, Robert—USA Sex is a God-given pleasure and to mess around with a natural protective sheath has never made sense to me. I can't remember the trauma of being circumcised but I'm certain that it has never done anything to improve the disposition of thoses so victimized.
Bunnell, Kelly—USA not a parent's "right to decide" ... his body, HIS choice
Burgess, Sarah—Canada Male neonatal circumcision - along with its counterparts, female genital mutilation and intersex genital mutilation - deprive non- consenting minors of healthy, sexually functional tissue. There is no medical reason for these procedures, and, as such, they constitute cosmetic surgery and cannot be consented to by parents. These procedures are a clear violation of the human rights of children.
Burkhardt, Brian—USA Rather than spread the pain and hate, I just want to encourage it to cease.
Burns, Catherin—Canada It takes a while for the magnitude of impact this issue has had on human history to sink in. I think the break from the breast via this form of trauma has implications so vast, because it is done on such a vast scale, as to overwhelm the intellect. We must carry on the work of Ashley Montagu.
Burrous, Suzette—USA Genetial mutalation creates to many physical risks to women and children. It reduces their sexual pleasure and can create complication causing severe morbidity and mortality.
Butler-Rance, Cynthia—USA I believe each and every human being has the right to be genital integrity. I believe it is up to the adults to protect our children and not force them to conform to these procedures just because a society says we should "look" a certain way or doctors want to hurry and assign a gender to child. I say nature and nurture go hand in hand. Let's rise to the occasion and stop mutulating our children. Cynthia Butler-Rance
Butterworth, Jill—USA Genital integrity is a basic human right, deserved by all.

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