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
Fabian-Jones, Candice—USA I do not think that genital mutilation is okay, for girls OR boys. I hope to raise awareness regarding this issue. Genital mutiliation is very traumatic and is a procedure that no child should have to endure.
Fabre, Andy—South Africa I hope to live to see the day that genital mutilations of all kinds are ended throughout the world and that those who perpetrate and promote these acts are punished for their crimes.
Fadel, Petrina—USA I have had two articles published about Respect for Bodily Integrity. The first appeared in "The Linacre Quarterly," May, 2003 entitled "An Open Letter to the Physicians of The Catholic Medical Association." Find it at: http://www.cirp.org/library/cultural/fadel1/ The second article appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of "The American Journal of Bioethics," entitled "Respect for Bodily Integrity: A Catholic Perspective on Circumcision in Catholic Hospitals." Find it at: http://www.cirp.org/library/cultural/fadel2/
Falcao, Ronnie—USA There is no excuse for cutting off a healthy part of a child's body - no medical excuse (why not cut off female breasts to prevent breast cancer?), no religious excuse (why not allow any and all forms of child abuse supported by any religion?), no social excuse (I've always wondered about the alleged men who believe that cutting off their son's foreskin will make their penis "look like theirs"! There's something wrong with an adult penis that looks like a newborn's!)
Falcon, Amy—USA Genital integrity is everybody's birthright and should be protected under local and international laws.
Fallon, Stacie—USA Stop the unnecessary and immoral genital mutilation of minor boys and girls.
Farooqui, Rafat—Sweden I am witnessing this widespread shameful activity taking place around me since my childhood. I consider it a huge crime against humanity, and I find no compelling reasons for its perpetual and routine practice. There is no strict obligation in Islam to routinely carry it out, yet it is being followed in the Islamic societies with religeous vigour, just because of wrong traditions developed over centuries. It should stop now.
Farooqui, Suhail—Pakistan I have had a strong hatred developed right from my childhood about the wide spread practice of male circumcision im my society, even when I was told that it had strong medical reasons. The greatest reason of my hatred was the humiliation inflicted upon the subjects of this practice. In my society it is taken as a fun event, which every body, except the victim, seems to enjoy. Some parents invite their friends and relatives to witness this event, after which feasts are offered. I consider it a highly barbaric and crual dispaly. I have divorced my wife, who now settled in USA chose to get our son circumcised despite my severe resistance. Now knowing that any medical reasons behind routine circumcisions are highly false myths, I condemn it in the strongest possible words. I advocate very strong punitive measures against parents choosing to impose their ignorent myths upon their sons. I believe that very wide scale global efforts are needed to educate the people about the realities of this very old practice. I feel blessed to have discovered your site and your organized effort to oppose a great sin against humanity. God help you.
Faugno-Ramirez, Jessica—USA Both male and female circumcision should be illegal until adulthood with no exception for religious or cultural reasons. There is simply no excuse for mutilating a child.
Favor, Damon—USA His body, his choice!
Fehr, Fehr—Australia Circumcision is outdated, unnecessary, and just plain ticks me off.
Feistmann, Eva—Switzerland Genital mutilation inflicted on undefended small girls is the most cruel, most shameful violation of elementary human rights because its real purpose is to prevent women's sexual fullfilment and sexual enjoyment. The United Nations should not hesitate any longer to condemn this practice all over the world.
Feistmann, George—Switzerland During a photo safari in Kenya many years ago,we tried to discuss the subject of female genital mutilation with our drivers and guides. One driver in particular, educated, "up-to-date" and capable believed it would be a disgrace to his daughter if he and his "wife" had not had her "circumcised". Apparently the operation was a minor one not as that endured by Waris Dirie. Unfortunately many Europeans do not condemn these practices, arguing that we have no right to question other "cultures" (sic). Good luck with your efforts!
Felix, D.—USA I will never forgive myself for the decision I made. I believed in the doctors and decided to neuter my newborn child, rather than let him look different. I was ignorant and let them castrate him and reassign a female gender. She is 12 now and has figured out on her own that she is different. I had no right. It was my child's decision. We could/should have raised her female and let her make the "permanent decision", when she knew who God intended her to be. Please please please, dont let any more children be mutilated by well intentioned, but ignorant doctors.
Fenelon, Carrie —USA It is very mind boggling that in such a modern society we are still practicing this ancient and archaic procedure on our precious, innocent, non consenting infants. With or without anesthesia, which in most cases it's without this procedure is absolutley unneccessary and a complete violation of the infant on so many levels. There are no medical benefits supporting this procedure, it is 100% elective. It is amazing how much the medical world has evolved and how many wonderful changes have been made even in short periods of time to better the quality of life of humans but circumcision still exists. This mutilation of the male genitalia does not benefit anyone's quality of life unless they have an ongoing medical problem, only then should it be ok to circumcise a infant/child without their consent, because only then would it be medically necessary and in the best interest of the infant and not considered mutilation. We need to leave this elective procedure up to the patients not the parents. Unfortunatley a large percentage of parents don't do their homework, they just do what they think is the "norm" or perhaps follow in their parents footsteps. If the parents would like to have an elective procedure preformed on them with no anesthesia and no knowledge of what is really being done to them, then let them, but not on infants that have no say. We should be absolutley ashamed of our country for allowing this form of child abuse to go on. It is clear that child abuse is ok as long as we are making money off of it. Great ethics America!!!!! Oh and don't we pride ourselves on individual freedom? How does strapping down an infant that is spread eagle, take a knife to them, remove a part of their genitalia and hear there desperate heart wrenching cries represent freedom?
Fenton, Peggy—USA Boys have a right to their own whole body. No one - no doctor, no parent, no mohel, has a right to mutilate or to authorize the mutilation of a defenseless baby's body. We have a generation of men in the U.S. who were circumcised at birth and who don't know (or cannot accept) that they will never experience the sexual pleasure that intact men experience. We cannot change the past, but we can make a better future for our children. My deepest thanks to those who put up this web site and created these petetions. I am pleased to publicly lend my support to this most worthy cause.
Ferlazzo, Nicholas—USA Circumcision is barbaric, outdated and a manmade folly. It is a horrible act and should be outlawed and never practiced in any so- called civilized country and world. I am just glad my eyes have been opened now and I hope more and more people are finally realizing the truth about male and female genital mutilation. But in the end everything bad will no longer be there and all humans, male and female, mutilated for whatever reason, will be made whole again. Those who are guilty for these crimes against humanity shall be judged by God for what they have done to innocent males and females. Always speak up for those who have no voice. Thank you and keep up the noble work. May MGM and FGM be outlawed forever. Thank god for people like you to raise their voice when people don’t have a voice. God Bless. Peace
Ferrantello, John—USA I find it hideous that we continue to engage in such barbaric practices. We believe that life is sacred but yet we mutilate our children? Religious reasons or not, this is a disgusting act when forced upon a child. I have no issues if the procedure is elected by the recipient once they've reached adulthood, or for ABSOLUTE medical necessity.
Ferrari, Steven—USA No one should mutilate another without that persons informed consent. What is done to babies is not right and should not be allowed. However I understand that certain religions do it as part of rites. This should be discouraged but is of course dificult to eradicate by law. Knowledge that it is not necessary and not what nature... "God" intended will win out over ignorance. I am Christian and can only assume that my mother said yes out of ingorance or maybe was never consulted. That is wrong. All the information that is now available must be brought to bear on the medical decision makers to bring an end to this barbaric act. SF
Fick, Chris—South Africa Unless a boy (or girl) is old enough to make his own choice in this regard, circumcision should not be performed unless absolutely medically essensial.
Fields—USA Medically it's not necessary and it takes away from an individual's right to choose about their body.
Filbert, Mark—USA As a victim of neonatal male genital mutilation as widely practiced in the United States, I am quite happy to support both this declaration and this resolution to end child abuse related to the barbaric practices sexual mutilation which continue throughout the world in fulfillment of so-called religious and medical rituals. The physical and psychological damage to my personhood continues to have a traumatic effect on every aspect of my life. Therefore, anything I can do to prevent another human being from being subjected to the same inhumane treatment is worth my time and effort. Thank you!
Filingeri, Anthony—USA It is not the right of anyone, not even the parents of the child, to imply consent on any form of body modification. It is unconstitutional and it violates human rights. Abolish circumcision, please! Title 18 protects females, why not males?
Finch, Janna—USA It disgusts me that circumcision is still legal in such a developed country. MGM needs to be stopped now.
firchau, elizabeth—USA I'm so glad I learned the truth before my son was born. I'm proud that he's intact and so is he. When I pierced my daughters ears at five months old people thought I was taking away her right to choose. But no one says anything about helpless baby boys who are mutilated for the sake of looks or because their mothers don't know any better.
firchau, thomas—USA I wasn't given a choice because my mother didn't know any better. I live with the side affects of her action everyday. My penis is bowed and I know now that it is a side affect of circumsicion. That the doctor removed to much skin. My son is INTACT and I am proud that we were strong enough to stand up to the doctors and friends and family members who believed we were making a mistake.
Firrell, Daniel—USA How is it that parents can give consent to have their children mutilated, pemanently? If a person wishes to alter his or her body, they should be allowed to, as long as they can give consent, which can only be given once they are of age. No one should be forcably desensitized defore they can even speak.
Firrell, Suzanne—USA I think that Joseph Lewis said it all when he wrote in "In the Name of Humanity" (1947) "It is almost impossible to believe that parents who love their children could stand by and see them so unmercifully tortured for a religious purpose" Fifty-seven years later and we have done so little to change, but have allowed so much damage to be done.
Fischer, Meagan—USA All body alterations are the decisions of adults-- young men and women who have reached puberty. Don't take the decision out of a baby's hands.
Fisher, Todd—USA Circumcision is cruel and should not be none without the consent of the person involved, especilly new born babies.
Flanagan, Nadja—USA My two sons are intact, as are my 3 daughters; my unborn child will be the same as nature intended.
Fleishman, Stephanie—USA I mutilated my first sons penis because I was given misinformation by both my society and my health care team. Thanks to a lovely doctor, my second son was kept intact. Please, at the very least, as a country, spread the correct scientific evidence about male genital mutilations and the effect it has on our baby son's lives!!
FOEHRLE, Roger—France I'll will be ready to help you to create a french section of your organisation and it will be possible that I'll translate all your main texts in french.
Foisy-Nguyen, Chantal—Canada Male circumcision is as disgusting and horrific as female circumcision is. Parents who continue to commit this act after being educated on it sould be ashamed.
Folsom, Branwyn—USA My son was circumcised due to his father's family tradition, and after it was done and we were home from the hospital, I did some research and realized what I had done. I wish I could undo it. My father and brother are uncircumcised, and I wish I had followed MY family's tradition. If I have another son we will not circ him. I also oppose the institutionalised 'health-related' genital mutilation of women who, for whatever reason, are found to require reproductive organ removal. It is INAPPROPRIATE and INHUMAN to remove a woman's ovaries and/or cervix (unless these organs are cancerous), and also to mutilate (by REMOVING, shortening or stapling closed), rather than repair, a woman's vagina during a lifesaving surgery. I cannot begin to express my sadness and outrage that these things are done routinely, every day, in the name of medicine, despite the oath to "first do no harm".
Foltz, Stephen—USA I myself was circumcised and didn't realize how horrific the procedure really was. If there is anything I can do to help put an end to this barbaric practice, I would gladly do it.
Foote, Paul—USA Early on in private general medical practice I delivered and reluctantly circumcized male newborns when so requestd I soon realized that this is a barbaric and unnecessary procedure without medical indication. My son is not circumcized and I have tried diligently to persuade my family, friends, and patients to accept the natural male as the way he should be. I am a member of several organizations whose object is to oppose routine circumcision.
Forster, J I strongly support the ant-circumcision movement
Forster, John—United Kingdom I was the victim of genital torture (no anaesthetic) at one month old. I was robbed of vital skin tissue. It has affected me all my life. No-one should be allowed to do this to someone else. It is time to put a stop to it.
Fortner, Andrew—USA I feel circumcision is a very barbaric and torturous procedure. I was circumcised as an infant and truly resent my mother for taking a very important piece of my anatomy away from me. This should be the mans choice and nobody else's. Why do we have a law to protect girls from this awful thing, but not boys? Are we not important or respected enough to have the choice? OUR BODY OUR CHOICE!
Foster, Nichole To those who say that "God wills it", I say, if God had wanted a foreskin-less penis, that would have been the design to begin with!
Frazier, Jess—USA Circumcision is the same for males and females and it is mutilation in both cases. In the case of males, the foreskin serves a definite purpose and it is appalling that it be removed from an infant who cannot voice their own opinion on the matter. It is also appalling that all the reasons for circumcision are very shallow excuses and the supposed benefits very minor. There is absolutely no reason for circumcision and the harm that it can cause far outweighs any potential benefits. Circumcision is an oudated and barbaric practice, and even most medical experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics are voicing their professional opinion that they can no longer conscionably recommend routine newborn circumcision.
Frazier, Thomas—USA Circumcision *is* genital mutilation and completely unecessary. Ultimately, you are depriving the child to the right to control their own bodies. This is a disgusting and barbaric practice with no standing either with the American Academy of Pediatrics nor anyone else. The evidence conclusively shows that there is too much risk through circumcision to warrant any of the numerous excuses used to support the practice. It should and must be abolished just as FGM has been made illegal. Doctors who do this practice are violating their Hypocratic Oath and are malpracticing.
Freeman, Jeffrey—USA If we could just get the insurance companys to stop paying for UN- necessary circumcisions, then the circumcisions done so the doctor and hospital 'profit' will decrease substantially. I feel informed consent for circumcisions should include the text "your child will retain the right to seek damages against the doctor and signers of this consent when they reach legal age." It should include "in rare cases loss of penis or life may occur." Since that would be TRUTHFUL informed consent. If it said that then the doctors won't promote it and the parents may think twice about approving mutilation and genital abuse of their child.
Freeman, Walt—Canada Every child should have the right to intact genitals! How did the medical community ever begin to embrace the insane notion that heatlhy skin should be removed from a boy's penis? Why did parents willingly go along with their advice? I can only hope and pray that circumcision will, in the near future, become a thing of the past. I wish you good luck with your efforts to bring this about.
Freud, Sigmond—Austria Sigmund Freud protected his sons from circumcision.
Frey, Craig—USA As a victim of this barbaric practice myself, I believe criminal prosecution and incarceration of ANYONE engaging in OR authorizing sexual mutilation of any infant of any gender is not only appropriate, it should be undertaken immediately for every instance of it. Put the child mutilators in prison for life.
Fricker, Fred Genital mutilation of children is child abuse, sexual assault and a human rights violation. It's an abomination that hides in plain sight. Having been slipped into the mainstream of society under the guise of medical necessity it continues to thrive through ignorance and misinformation.
Frindik, Kevin—USA Our bodies, born in a natural and healthy state, should not be modified by the consent of others for any aesthetic or religious reason, except in cases where the consent of the modified individual is freely given, without any coercion, and in an unmedicated state, and has attained an age of majority as defined by international law, not solely by religious law, tribal law, or laws of any particular political geographic jurisdiction.
Frisius, Erik—USA Life is what we make of it. Let's make it with LESS pain and suffering...not MORE! Genital mutilation is obscene.
Friswell, Peter—Australia Continued infant circumcision is a human rights violation. It is nothing more than child abuse to expose an infant to such an un- necessary agonizing experience. The fact that we are born with intact genitals should be sufficient to prove that it is part of our natural bodily functions to be that way without any enforced modifications. The practice of circumcision must be ceased permanently and seen for the barbaric, uninformed act that it is.
Friswold, Scott—USA If it ain't broke don't fix it! We're not GOD, quit messing with his design.
Frix, Kasey—USA Removing normal, healthy tissue from a non-consenting, non-adult is a violation of human rights and medical ethics.
Frushour, Matthew—USA It just needs to end and it is discriminatory to all males in this country (U.S.) do not have the same protection as newborns as females.
Fuchs, Erica—USA 2004-08-13 16:41:00 Thank you for your efforts to protect birthed children who are currently being tortured legally in the United States by practitioners who mutilate these children's genitals. As the mother of a son with his natural, intact penis I am horrified at a U.S doctor who admitted to me in 2002 that he felt he was torturing babies when he mutilated their penises ("performed circumcision") without analgesia. Doctors in the U.S. are failing to follow their sworn duty not to harm their patients. Circumcision of children under the age of 18 should be illegal. 2006-02-11 04:49:44 I am working to end the Iowa State University HMO Health Insurance Plan's coverage of non-therapeutic circumcision. The ISU HMO Plan states in its agreement with beneficiaries that it covers only medically necessary procedures. The Iowa State Daily (www.iowastatedaily.com) recently published my letter to the editor (Feb. 7, 2006) with contact information one can use to request that ISU end coverage of non-therapeutic circumcision. Please do! Since I last signed the Universal Declaration on Circumcision, Excision and Incision, and the Ashley Montagu Resolution, my contact information has changed, but my support of the human right to genital integrity has not. My intact child, now 3, continues to remain healthy, happy, and whole. Now that he is growing up I have more time to give toward the goals of ending funding of circumcision and legally protecting children from genital mutilation. I am happy to see that now 16 states have ended Medicaid coverage of non- therapeutic circumcision. Hopefully Iowa will be among the next. Thank you for the important work you do protecting newborn and older children, who all deserve to be free from physical and sexual abuse.
Fudge, Iris As Lord Robert Winston said in his TV series, the human body is a miracle. Why then does he choose to mutilate a miracle by advocating infant male circumcision? The subject, the body of the infant should be inviolate. Only a competent adult can choose to follow his or her own ethical path in the light of knowledge and experience. We must protect against gender discrimination by the protection of the bodies of both girls and boys throughout the world.
Fuentes, Gabriel—USA Females are protected againest genital mutilation, so males should be protected too. Everyone should have the right to decide what is done to their body, male infants to.
Fulop, Mike—USA This unnecessary, barbaric, ignorant procedure needs to be stopped!
Fuss, John—USA Routine infant circumcision is truly a human rights violation and should be outlawed in the United States!

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