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
Calero, Dennis—USA I think that the United States should completely ban infant circumcision. If a consenting adult chooses to be circumcised, then that is their choice. Millions of people have been circumcised at infancy, only to inherit problems later in life. Every rational, thinking person should denounce this sick practice of circumcision. Routine male infant circumcision is something that is so morally wrong that it should be immediately stopped. Let an adult decide if he wants to be mutilated, but DON'T force it on a newborn infant.
Callahan, Lawrence—USA If man were meant to have a foreskin, he'd be born with one! (love that quote!) Boy babies are born just as perfect as girl babies--no modifications necessary.
Callero, James—USA Circumcision was long ago condemned by my Church, in a proclamation of the General Council of Florence, and again at the General Council of Vienne, in documents which can never be revoked or modified. It is a shame that so few American Catholics are aware of this strict prohibition. I thank God for my wife's decision that our four sons should remain intact so as to be like their father. Having been teased as an adolescent, I was unsure in this matter.
Camacho, Luciano—USA I would of liked to have been asked before my penis was mutilated. I would of kept my foreskin.
Campbell, Brandi—USA It's disgusting. I am unable to become aroused by a man who is missing parts of his penis, though I feel immense pity for all of them. Parents should not be allowed to do this, just as they are not allowed to trim labia skin.
campbell, craig—USA any one who mutilates the genitalia of a child should have their children taken away from them--the same as any other sex offender would. Why is it that American women seem to think themselves MORE qualified to have an opinion on this subject than THE ACTUAL PERSON ON WHOM THE OPERATION IS PERFORMED??????? Babies are born more susceptible to infection, so ANY surgery of ANY kind that is not necessary should not be done. Since babies are not sexually active, surgery is not needed immediately, anyway. First and foremost, the reason that trumps all the others, both pro and con: IF IT'S NOT YOUR PENIS, IT'S NOT YOUR DECISION TO MAKE!!!
Campbell, Daniel—USA December 15, 2002 The American Academy of Pediatrics 141 Northwest Point Boulevard Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098 USA To the American Academy of Pediatrics: I write this letter as a concerned citizen of the United States. I am concerned because of what I read in your American Academy of Pediatrics’ Policy on Circumcision Volume 103, Number 3, March 1999, pp686-693. I am a 60-year-old male experiencing sexual dysfunction. In talking with other males with similar problems, I found out about a large group of males involved in foreskin restoration. This naturally led me to wonder why the male penis is mutilated in the first place. (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines mutilate as 1: to cut off or permanently destroy a limb or essential part of: 2: to cut up or alter radically so as to make imperfect.) This eventually led me to your Circumcision Policy Statement (RE9850). In reading this document I found it rife with innuendo and deliberate misinformation. The document reads as if written by a snake oil salesman. Your abstract begins “Existing scientific evidence demonstrates potential medical benefits of newborn male circumcision…” and the word potential jumps out of that sentence to any casual observer. Why would you misinterpret and magnify studies to justify just a potential? In this entire document you make no mention of the facts of the damage that you do. Not potential damage, but real, quantifiable damage. You remove 65% of the tactile nerves of the penis. You remove the sleeve within which the penis is supposed slide during intercourse. You cause trauma to the infant with lasting negative results. This is some of the unequivocal damage done and does not include the hundreds of thousands of male children who suffered complications from the circumcision ranging from minor infections to sexual reassignment surgery because of a total loss of the penis and then, of course, the ultimate damage being death. This is real harm done to every male child you mutilate. Using your own figures, you damage hundreds of male infants to potentially save one infant from a UTI. You quote studies from third world countries to justify your findings with regard to STD and HIV while ignoring studies from the US and European countries that refute your findings. One of the very studies quoted in your document makes the following statement: “JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, Volume 277, Number 13: Pages 052-1057, April 2, 1997. Results. - We find no significant differences between circumcised and uncircumcised men in their likelihood of contracting sexually transmitted diseases…” Later in the document it states even further: “First, circumcision status does not appear to lower the likelihood of contracting an STD. Rather, the opposite pattern holds.” Reading this from a document you reference as valid data to support you findings would seem to say the exact opposite of your findings. Several of the reports you use to support your findings are from third world countries. Why is it the living standards, hygiene standards, and cultural environments of these third world countries have more relevance to your findings than the European countries that more closely match our own society? You cause damage to hundreds of thousands of male infants that will be with them for their entire life in order to potentially save one older male at the end of his life from experiencing penal cancer. Why is it you ignore the letter written to you by the American Cancer Society on February 16, 1996 where they discourage you from using penal cancer as an excuse for routine circumcision? After totally rejecting any connection between circumcision and cervical cancer, their letter makes the following statement: “Likewise, research claiming a relationship between circumcision and penile cancer is inconclusive. Penile Caner is an extremely rare condition, effecting one in 200,000 men in the United States. Penile cancer rates in countries which do not practice circumcision are lower than those found in the United States. Fatalities caused by circumcision accidents may approximate the mortality rate from penile cancer.” Everything about this document would seem to make a mockery of your findings. I was astounded to see you still use the cancer claim as a reason to mutilate a male child. In addition, your document implies that circumcision has little or no effect on sexual performance. In fact, it may improve it. With intelligence like this, I am surprised you got into college, let alone graduated with an MD. A medical degree must be a breeze to acquire. Remove 65% of the tactile nerve skin of your finger tips and then tell me your sense of touch is equal to or better than it was before the mutilation. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that you will not be able to make that statement. I have been in touch with men who have been circumcised as adults and they believe it is the worst decision they ever made. They are the ones who would know the answer to this question since they have experienced life both with and without a foreskin. They are filled with rage that they allowed their doctor to convince them circumcision was the right thing to do. My current estimation of your organization, and its members that continue to perpetuate this atrocity on a society you created, is that you are quacks. (U.S. Congress Select Committee on Aging's definition of a "quack" in its 1984 report on quackery. A quack is "anyone who promotes medical schemes or remedies known to be false, or which are unproven, for profit." (Emphasis added).) The information you provide in your document is, at best, unproven and at worst, just plane false. The Iowa Law Review sums it up in their document: IOWA LAW REVIEW, Volume 85, Number 4, Pages 1507-1568, May 2000. Circumcision and the American Academy of Pediatrics: Should Scientific Misconduct Result in Trade Association Liability? Reading this would lead one to believe any 18-year-old circumcised male has a good chance of being rich for the rest of his life. I take note in at least two lawsuits, by young males circumcised as infants, going through this very procedure. The Iowa Law Review document, basically, says you do not have a leg to stand on. If you do not want to be listed in medical history in the paragraph immediately following leaches, I would suggest you take an active role in stopping this abomination against the infant male. First, take responsibility for what you have created. You say in your document that the decision is to be left up to the parents. This is sticking your head in the sand and hoping no one will see your duplicity. You created this group of parents that include mostly circumcised males. You cannot expect them to make a rational decision based on the past, which you created. What male wants to say his penis is not perfect or has, in some way, been mutilated? What group of parents can make a rational decision when textbooks contain pictures representing the normal penis as circumcised? You caused these textbooks to be filled with this misinformation. What pediatrician is going to give up a financially lucrative practice in mutilating children as long as he has your support in what he is doing? You created this physician with your misinformation. You need to take responsibility for your actions in the past and you need to take responsibility for what you have created that exists today. You have to take an active role in encouraging parents to disregard their own physical condition and leave their children to make their own choices later in life. In fact you have to do even more. You have to encourage your members to refuse to mutilate their infant male patients, even at the request of the parent. This is one of the few procedures your members will perform without proven medical need. You need to take an active role in educating the public about the misinformation that has been promulgated in the past. You need to take responsibility for your actions today. Sincerely, Daniel P. Campbell PO Box 1296 Lyons, CO 80540-1296
campbell, john—USA By its very nature life requires physical and psychological nourishment.If an intelligent society were to exsist,it would have disposed of any practice that harmed a childs mind or body.This will mean that no church etc.,would be permitted to prey on a "childs" mind ,a "childs" genitals and so on....."ever". JC
Campbell, Matthew—USA An end to male genital mutilation is an idea whose time most definitely has come.
Canale, Deborah—USA I believe that a child is formed by the hands of God. He/she is perfect and good. No one has the right to mutilate the genitals of another human being without their adult consent.
Cannon, Michelle—USA I wholeheartedly support this. There needs to be an end put to sexually mutilating our children--male OR female. I'm tired of the medical community and government allowing and even promoting these things. If we citizens were to do this to others--we'd be inprisoned for heinous crimes. Yet we can put a degree behind our name and it becomes perfectly legal!! I wish everyone would watch a video of these poor babies suffering and KNOW that it's wrong WRONG WRONG.
Capp, Shawna—USA I abhore the horrific pratices of circumcision and genital mutilation. To do such a thing to a baby is completely irresponsible and has detrimental effects to a child. Anything we can do to have these practices stopped is worth doing to have such violent acts against children outlawed.
Carberry, Sherlyn—USA Proud to be the momma to two intact twin boys!
Carlock, A.—USA I was circumcised at birth. It troubles me that I had part of my anatomy removed uneccesarily and without my consent!
Carroll, David—USA I have never signed a petiton in my 28 years, but I have recently become aware of the full scope and unneccesary nature of this issue, not to mention the intense cruelty of such a barbaric practice. I am circumcised, and while I cannot say with any certainty that it has adversely affected me physically, it has had a profound impact on my mental state of well-being. It's as if one of my fingers were severed at birth for no reason. I hope that future generations will not have to endure this vile mutilation and torture that I was subjected to before I could voice my discontent.
Carroll, Elizabeth—USA I strongly support this matter.
Carson, Audra—USA They are cruel and brutal and should be made illegal.
Carter, Carla—USA How I wish I had known the facts before I had such a hideous, barbaric, surgery done to my 4 sons.
Carvalho, Marcos—Canada Male circumsision is also a barbaric and antiquated form of mutilation depply rooted in superstition. Men should be given a choice, not a cut!
Cassel, Anje—USA Stop genital mutilation of all children!
Casserly, Matthew—USA I'll never forget the day, July 1, 2003, when I, at 15 years of age, was circumcised out of my own volition, because I wanted to fit in with my friends.
Catarius, Tracy—USA How can we view the removal of a very sensitive, nerve filled part of a person's body ok? To cause great pain to an infant? I would think that in this very patriachal society (not to mention sex obsessed) men would be against anything that could harm their genitals and would make sex less satisfying. It really is a mutilation of the human body and very sad that it is considered normal and necessary.
Catchings, Bernard—USA Circumcision is a crime against the innocent.
Chapman, Bella—South Africa I hope to see circumcision stopped and commend you on your work
Chedid, Robert—USA stop ruining penises
Cheng, Katherine—Australia It is about time that genital mutilation especially of girls and young women, supposedly in the name of "virtue, family honour, personal integrity" as well as for better marriage prospects. We must now allow the abuse of children and young people to be conducted in the guise of religious or cultural freedom.
Cheshire, Brandon—Canada Make this mutilation and torture end. I would do almost anything to have my foreskin back. I fell into a depression when I learned about what I lost, and all the problems I have personally experienced from circumcision made sense.
Chesonis, Philip-Michael—USA Genital alteration of any kind inflicted upon the powerless by others is at best arrogant,lifelong, physical and mental abuse not only to the victim, but also to the victim's potential mate(s). At its worst, it is ccriminally sociopathic torture. No good has ever come from it that could not have come without it.
Chidester, Rigel—USA My husband was circumcised at birth. He now has sexual intimacy and performance issues directly caused by circumcision. Everyday I wish that his mother had been given a choice along with accurate information, so that now 30 years later we could have a healthier intimate relationship.
Chigos, Liza Carol—USA I love men. I want them to have the amazing sexual life they deserve. I have found that men who are "uncut" are the best lovers.
Chin, Stephen—Canada I wholeheartedly support The Montagu Resolution against Circumcision, Excision and Incision. It should be given worldwide publicity every day of every year.
Chretien, Jacques—South Africa Male genital INFANT mutilation otherwise known as circumcision is a social disease validated by parental and religious MYTH and WHIM violating and disfiguring innocent male infants for NO valid reason except extreme sadism and child abuse ALL without consent ! Depraved Bizarre and Perverse ! for any society to perform and condone !
Chrisco, Craig "If we teach our children by example, we have only ourselves to blame for how they behave." -- The outer Limits Islamic Clerics sexually assaulted and mutilated all 19/19 hijackers responsible for the deaths of thousands of inocent nonconsenting terrified people in agonizing pain on 2001-09-11, while these men were still innocent nonconsenting terrified boys in agonizing pain openly in the presence, with the consent, and the help of the families of these terrorists. These criminals merely violated the Rights of Others in a similar manner during their orgy of murder on 2001-09-11.
Christensen, Gordon—USA This is an issue which should not have to be discussed it is so basic. It is not only a crime against uniformed children, but, in my opinion, a crime against nature. What's to happen when we decide that noses are no longer attractive!? Do we just remove them? Do we remove breasts of female children to prevent the possibility of breast cancer at a later stage in life? Do we remove the prostate of a male child to prevent prostrate cancer later in life? It seems that a common-sense appeal to the general public and the professionals who do this every day is worthless because there doesn't seem to be any common-sense left anywhere.
Clark, Alison—South Africa People, i know this insideous archaic act of barbaric and cruel ritual is guised behing religious freedom - but it is what it, and that is WRONG!!!! I have tried unsuccessfully to open this discussion in local media - just to be blocked out. The frustration is that this is not out there for education and dialogue. In SA we have multiple deaths annually from botched religious/cultural juvenile male circumcision. We also have a society that ignores the fundamental atrocity here, in particular with ritual neonatal male circumcision. There desparately nees to be a sreaming voice that can be heard on this shocking practice. My disappointment is with the shock and horror most folk reacted with when learning about the practice of femaile circumcision especially in rural Africa, however male infants, globally, have not been afforded the same attention!
Clark, Heather—USA Female "circumcision" is mutilation. Any questions?
Clark, Jon—USA As an intact male, it disturbs me extremely that we are able to call ourselves civilized while we continue to engage in such a barbaric practice as circumcision. It has gone on far too long and must be stopped.
Clarke, David—USA I happen to be very proud of my status as uncircumcised. its never once caused me the slightest medical problem and has made sexual activity much more interesting and enjoyable for me and my partners.
Clarke, Matthew—Australia STOP CUTTING BABY BOYS WHO DESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THIS WHEN THEY ARE ABLE TO. IT BRINGS ALLOT OF ANGER AND FRUSTRATION.
Claymore, Michael—Australia Circumsion is barbaric at best, sadistic at worst - it must end.
Clements, John—Australia It's time to abolish forced genital mutilation.
Co, Delia Luz Virginia—Netherlands I am Filipino and in the Philippines, males are routinely circumcised during infancy or as a rite of passage into manhood. The most powerful reason is social pressure. This cutting of penises just for conformity should stop.
Cochran, Frank—USA Donate to "Frank's Fund" %NOCIRC. Frank's Fund funds legal challenges to circumcision for clients who do not have the funds to mount a legal challenge.
Cochran, Sarina—USA it is a violation of human right to inflict injury and pain on any unconsenting person at any age
Coffey, Kathleen—USA My interest in this issue began when on a fourth-grade field trip to the Portland Art Museum I saw a small gilt-framed oil painting of "The Circumcision of Christ", showing an old man bent over the child with a knife in his hand, a big drop of blood spurting out, and expressions of horror and distress on the faces of the onlookers. When I got home, I looked up the definition of circumcision, and forever after wondered how anyone could do such a thing to an infant. Then when I was pregnant in 1965, I stumbled upon a book "The Family Book of Childcare" by a British family practitioner stating that circumcision was not medically necessary and could in fact interfere with the establishment of a good breastfeeding relationship. So we did not circumcise our son. In about 1987, the Portland "Oregonian" published my editorial asking physicians to just refuse to perform circumcisions, since their Hippocratic oath pledged to "first do no harm." I am hopeful that my editorial, and a library research paper that I made available to the Portland Birth Center, helped reduce routine circumcision in Oregon to the 2009 rate of 24%, but my real hope is that before I die, the practice will end worldwide. Therefore, I am signing this resolution, and will ask others to do the same. I am sorry that Mr. Montagu did not live long enough to see the current groundswell of opposition that has brought the rate of circumcision down to 33% in 2010.
cole, stephen—United Kingdom genital mutilation is child abuse and must be stopped now
Coleman, Stephanie—USA I am proud to say that my son was not circumcised, thanks to his circumcised father who would not allow his son to be genitally mutilated. I admire every Father who saves their sons from unnecessary physical and sexual harm. It is my opinion that if everyone would educate themselves about genital mutilation, that more boys and girls would no longer be circumcised.
Coleson, Gerald—USA I hope the world court can hold the American medical community responsible for the sexual subjugation I as well as others have experienced. It's no free country that's for sure and if I had the choice I would have been born in England or some other country where my chances of being left genitally intact would have been great.
Coley, Shaun—USA The right of control of one's body is a basic human right. Circumcision takes away that right from a baby who has no means to defend himself.
Coley, Shaun—USA I am circumcised, and the idea that someone else thought they had the right to make a decision about my body is vile. Our most fundamental right is the right to our own bodies, and that was taken away from me when I was 1 day old. Routine circumcision should be illegal. Just because a harmful practice is common because of ignorance doesn't mean it is right.
Collins, Kelly—USA I am truly amazed at the number of citizens (doctors included) who are unaware or even numb to the subject of the male penis and its complexity. It seems that many people think of a man's penis as nothing more than "probing" HOTDOG! Nature is still a more intelligent designer than man.
Conner, Elizabeth—USA Even babies deserve basic human rights against mutilation.
Conner, Neal—USA Junk science, myths, relgion, and a lack of respect for *my rights* resulted in me being mutilated without a shred of consent.
Conner, Neal—USA Junk science, myths, relgion, and a lack of respect for *my rights* resulted in me being mutilated without a shred of consent.
Consuegra, Kenneth—USA I'm in my 30's, uncircumcised and never had prolems nor complaints not even from Jewish females about being uncircumcised. They were more curious than anything. Watch Penn & Teller's B.S. Season 2. This is a money making practice for hospitals and insurance companies. Diseases? Only if you're a pig and do not wash correctly. There is no proven fact that this protects against STD's or UTI. As a matter of fact studies showed that it was more of a risk especially when engaging in anal sex. This is barbaric and sends babies into shock. It kills sexual sensitivity and many nerves. So what if China invaded us and told us not to do this anymore or other things with our body parts. Very hypocritcal of our government when we're in foreign lands telling others what they can and can't do. As a mainly Chritian nation our covenant with God is through Baptism when Jesus died for our sins. So what next? Sacrifice our 1st born sons. This first began in the 1800's in the US to repress the sexual urges of Religious Fanatics and whack jobs like Kellogg who invented most cereals among other things.
Conway, Krista—USA I just cannot understand how the Supreme Court can give women the right to abort their babies because it is "the mother's body", but will not give babies that are born the legal right to remain intact for the same reason. At what point does a child get the right to make decisions regarding their body?
Cook, Benjamin—USA Circumcision of either sex is an outdated, unacceptable, apalling practice
Cooper, Kimberly—USA Please education young people who have not yet started their families of the damage circumcision causes and make them understand that a baby is not property, but a person with human rights to genital integrity. Stop medicaid funding for this barbaric practice--end it today! Write your congressmen, representatives, and anyone else who will listen. I protected my son!
Corbett, cynthia mutilation is wrong on every level. how can we say we are civilized when we still mutilate our children. it is the highest form of child abuse.
Corbin, Aimee—USA I feel Genital Mutilation is wrong and must be stopped. People need to stop saying that it is a cultural accepted thing and we need to disprove articles that say it is medically healthy.
Core, Andrea—United Kingdom It is unnecessary and every child should be protected from having to endure life-long changes to his/her body, imposed by the will of the parents or medical profession. Babies should not have to go through this trauma and pain.
Cortez, Joe—USA It's a shame that such a cruel cultural rite of no medical relevance whatsoever is lodged in America's medical system. Forceful amputations of healthy body parts from un-concenting individuals is an inescapable violation of human rights. I've little respect for those seeking that this morally repugnant practice continues. I can see such people as nothing more than senseless, savage butchers. Such a practice as mutilating children in their first days of life is unacceptable in a civilized society and must be brought to an end.
Cotton, Joseph—USA It is a barbaric custom. It must end. I am intact as is my son and grandson.
Counter, Amanda—USA God and/or nature DOES NOT mess up-- leave the body as intented. Beautiful and INTACT.
COURCELLE, BRUNO—France On my personal web site, I support prohibition of all forms of genital mutilation.
Couture, Laurie—USA I believe it is vital to child advocacy efforts that the cicumcision and mutilation of boys is viewed as an egregious act, the same as the mutilation of girls. Abuses of boys often do not generate the passionate outcrys that abuses of girls receive. This is unacceptable. To remove a part of a boy's body, and to make the helpless infant boy suffer that pain, should not be a socially acceptable practice. It is not only physiologically and sexually risky, but emotionally and psychologically as well.
cox, laurence—Australia a ritual abuse of children for financial and possibly gratuitous sexual reasons.
Cox, Tina—USA Its not nice to fool with Mother Nature.
Crancer, Thomas—USA Imagine how we would think of genital mutalation if it were not the status quo. That is how we ought to view the subject even though it is.
Craven, Amanda—USA one word: WRONG
Craven, Richard—USA Circumsision has proven to be a harmful, and completly unnessasary ordeal. Leave the child as the creator has intended it to be, if it were something we could do without, then we wouldn't be born with it. All things serve a function to the whole.
Craw, Kristopher—USA Thankfully, I am still intact. Being intact has been nothing but a positive experience for me. I fully support the right of every man to make the decision to be circumcised or not, which is why legislation needs to be passed that leaves that decision up to each individual. Protect that right of choice by outlawing circumcision of children, male or female. It is a personal and PERMANENT choice to be circumcised. Don't rob men of the right to choose by allowing parents to make that choice for them.
Crawford, Darren—USA It is the right of every human being to be free from the threat, and practice of genital mutilation of any kind.
crayne, kim —USA freedom of religion or culture is not license to physically harm or alter another persons body without their full consent, and children cannot give such consent and it is too presumptuous to believe that the child would in the long run agree to such actions. There are curbs on all freedoms when they take away the rights and freedoms of others.
Crick, Francis—USA Francis Harry Compton Crick was born on June 8th, 1916, at Northampton, England, being the elder child of Harry Crick and Annie Elizabeth Wilkins. Dr. Crick is the recipient of the Humanist Distinguished Service Award (1986) He is a Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (1962) and President, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Dr. Crick stated in a personal letter to Dr. Prescott, April 8, 1995: "I am very reluctant to lend my name, but in this case you may add my name to those opposed to the genital mutilations of children worldwide and supportive of the Montagu Resolution." More information about Crick is available on the Nobel Prize website at http://www.nobel.se/medicine/laureates/1962/index.html
Crowell, alois—USA I agree with the statement generated in this format and want to end gential mutilation of both sexes.
Cruz, Rio—USA Cutting the genitals of children is a barbaric anachronism from blood rituals of tribal identity or, as in the case of the United States, a holdover from Victorian notions of sex and hygiene. These practices have no place in a civilized society.
Cuervo, Alex—USA I look forward to a future where unjustified non-consensual violence and mutilation is found only in history.
Cusak, Alissa—USA I'm so glad that I did the "research" before we started our family. So many people are ignorant. I'm going to encourage others to question the 'norm' and make an educated decision.
Cutler, David—USA G-d made the foreskin for a reason. The Bible has been misinterpreted by human beings and now many pick and chose what to believe in. Circumcision is no longer an "identifying mark" of Jews, and the American Pediatric Association has said they can no longer recommend it. As such, I support the abolition of circumcision. I am a Jew who is proud to be against circumcision.

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