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
Haack, Rebecca—USA Thank you for bringing this important issue to light.
Haas, James—USA Let us use our brains. Our babies have no choice. One would not circumcise one's dog yet the same people circumcise their baby boy - but not their baby girl. Why? Makes no sense. Letís leave our babies natural body parts whole.
Hackzell, Siv—Sweden Global human right to be implemented this generation.
Hagelin, Dennis—USA I was cirked against my specific instructions in 1999. It was very radical in that I was left with no penile nerves to feel any sexual feelings. I have been left with an emotional disorder that has caused me to become disabled. I was divorced as my wife wanted a "full man." After much study in the topic of foreskin and its restoration I feel that this barbaric act has to come to a complete halt. I see now that any cirked man never begins to experience the full sexual pleasures that were intended for him. We live in a very sick society when Drs. get their jollies by cutting peni up. They have to be legally stopped.
Hagerty, Wendy—Canada Please leave babies, male and female, the way God made them - PERFECT!
Hailey, Sarah—USA In utero, every fetus is female. *one* cromosone makes the difference between female and male, and promotes the male anatomy. the male anatomy paralells the female anatomy. we already have laws to protect female genitals, the time for protection of male genitals is long overdue.
Hakert, John—USA I'm horrified that this still endures, even more now that I realize that I'm a living example. The time to end this is extremely overdue as it is.
Halpenny, diane—Canada Sex and pain association before consent is evident in our society its violence
Hamil, Jim—USA As a proundly intact male, I support the cause to end the barbaric surgery to our infant boys.
Handler, Elizabeth—USA No one, male or female, should have their genitals cut, much less have parts removed.
Handley, Tim—USA I am pro genitals!
Haney, Jarrod—USA Totally opposed to all form of mutilation and am currently in process of restore my foreskin.
HANNA, SAMUEL—USA I THINK THE MALE BODY SHOULD BE THE WAY GOD CREATED THE MALE BODY WITH FORESKIN. I BELEIVE THAT IT SHOULD BE LEFT UP TO THE CHILD AS HE GETS OLDER AS TO WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. I AS A CHILD DID NOT HAVE THAT CHOICE AND WAS CIRCUMCISED AND I HOLD THAT AGAINST MY PARENTS EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE. I AM ACTUALLY THINKING OF HAVING SURGERY DONE TO GET MY FORESKIN BACK AND BE THE WAY GOD CREATED ME.PEOPLE LETS WORK TOGETHER AND STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING.
Hannon, Liliana—USA Abuse.
Hansen, Henry—USA I am against circumcision. The reasons given for it do not hold up to examination. The reasons against it can be summed up by saying that having a foreskin is how we have evolved. There is no reason why that evolution should be contravened by circumcision.
Hanson, Whitney—USA I am opposed to the routine infant circumcision of babies.
Hardebeck, John—USA President of the First San Diego Chapter of the AHA (1954) Former Vice-President, AHA; stated in his Resolution submitted to the California Medical Association (1989): Newborn male circumcision is a procedure without factual, demonstrable, supportable medical indications in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Hardy, Rose—USA Every human being is sacred and deserving of control over their own bodies. No person should ever be able to make the choice to modify our bodies without our consent.
Harkabus, Robert—USA More open and honest information and discussion is needed, especially from health professionals.
Harkema, Joshua—Canada Parents have no right to dictate the genital integrity of their children.
Harman, Lawrence—United Kingdom I won't say the exact words that enter my head when I'm thinking about this subject; I shall tone it down so that it doesn't contain vile language and/or anything that could get this fantastic website/petition into trouble. But the genital mutilation of children, or anyone who doesn't give informed consent to it, should be prohibited by law all over the world - without exception. And the punishment, as far as I'm concerned, should be life in prison (and, by 'life', I mean actually until someone dies, not the ridiculous definition in this country that means 30 years or so). Why do we let people do this to children just because their religion says so???...well, I'm lost for words. I think that some people fear being branded anti-semite or anti- islamist if they speak out about male circumcision. Many people even wonder why you are against it! There are doctors, mainly in the U.S., who will not only perform this act of violence, but actively encourage the parents to allow it (and that's if they NEED encouraging). It's so common in America that parents practically have to opt OUT of circumcision. And children can be ridiculed for being genitally intact. Insanity. There's no other word for it. I signed a similar petition for the U.K. Government to outlaw male circumcision a year ago, and their response was basically 'We won't ban it because parents would then take their children to lay circumcisers, who would put the child at greater health risks.' Would they do that if it was parents (allowing/requesting) chopping off any other part of that child's body? I don't even know why child ear-piercing is legal. I understand that female genital mutilation is banned, and rightly so (but it still happens, and the breaking of this law should never go unpunished). I don't think there can be any doubt that FGM is far worse than male circumcision, but why are boys left to suffer so terribly? Religious opposition? Yes, there would be. But jews, according to their religious instruction, have to obey the law of the land. So making it illegal would take care of that section of society; whether other religious groups would do the same thing, I don't know. But legally make child genital mutilation a child sex offence, and see how many people are eager to do it then! There are people who are still religious as a jew, muslim, etc., who refuse to sexually mutilate their children. These people not only have my wholehearted support, but I think they should protest against this practice as well, to their rabbi/cleric/whoever. Also, intersex babies should be left until the age where they, too, can make up their own mind on surgery. My knowledge of intersex people is highly limited, but forcing people to be one or the other when they are literally both is also unethical. MGM is unethical. FGM is unethical. Intersex GM is unethical. There shouldn't even be a need to argue. This sickening mutilation shouldn't ever have been carried out, but it has been for thousands of years. All forms should be banned NOW!
Harrell, Elsie—USA I am wholeheartedly against all forms of sexual mutilation and have studied, investigated, and written a few articles on male circumcision.I am avidly against infant foreskin becoming the newest biomedical commodity. Bless groups such as yourselves in this much-needed fight against this sort of inhumanity.
Harris, Kelli—USA Please make circumcision against the law!!! Our poor babies are being abused, and the poor uneducated parents are also victims!
Harris, Leo—USA I would like to see a global refferendum (law) passed that makes any 'non-medicaly neccessary' genital alteration surgery performed on any child under the age of 18 years, defined as an act of 'Criminal Sexual Assault of a Minor', punnishable by fines and imprisonment. This will allow ample opportunity for the individual to completely understand the full nature of the 'procedure', albeit for whatever reason (religious, esthetics, cosmetic, etc.), before the individual decides to/ not to proceed with it (surgery). We speak of human rights, Isn't it about time we afford this same consideration to our children?
Harrison , Steven—USA I was circumcised, and never thought much about it until I read an article about the subject in November '08. I instantly became mad as hell that I was circumcised when I learned how the practise came from the blood rituals of primitive religions and continues to be practised because of lies and myths and surgical fees. I learned that it has no benefits and is actually harmful. I realized I had experienced some of the harmful effects of circumcision once I was made aware of them. Male circumcision is mutilation plain and simple, and I believe it should be outlawed for those under 18 just as female circumcision is in this country. It violates the hippocratic oath and a male's human rights. I am eager to do what I can to get infant male circumcision outlawed.
Hart, Heidi—USA I first learned of this practice in a college class entitled "African Women Philosophy." As a woman and a mother of a little girl, this issue deeply pains me. I pray that we can end this form of child/woman abuse, and all other repressive measures around the world that aim to control female sexuality.
Hartley, Gregory—USA Know the facts, ignore the myths.
Hartman, Patricia—USA It's a shame that there's even still a need for this declaration. The Conspiracy to Circumcise By Pat Hartman They're still getting away with it. Medically indefensible surgery that can lead to a stunning array of complications, including death, is being done on baby boys in America, at the rate of one new victim every 26 seconds. Despite the fact that we have a whole arsenal of laws against child abuse, our advanced, civilized, humane society allows a baby boy to be strapped down and have part of his dick cut off. By any definition of child abuse, this institutionalized, normalized, business-as-usual mutilation is abuse of the most outrageous kind. The damage done is a subject many men are not willing to talk about or seek help for, so nobody will ever know exact figures. But experts say it's likely that 10% of circumcised men wind up with lifelong physical problems as a result. And that's only the physical problems. We're talking about permanent disfigurement, psychological damage, risk of death, violation of human rights, and the infliction of unnecessary pain (i.e., torture). Circumcision is literally mayhem, in the original meaning of the word before it got corrupted. Mayhem has a stark and unequivocal meaning: it is intentional dismemberment. Most people think of circumcision as removal of the foreskin, which is incorrect because, in fact, there's no such thing as a foreskin. Instead there is a skin system. What we casually accept as routine circumcision is the partial amputation of a healthy organ. The inaccurately named foreskin is actually the forefold of the skin system, an ingeniously engineered mechanism with at least a dozen known purposes. The so-called foreskin is not a separate anatomical feature, but an integral part of this marvelous structure. If evolution put it there, its specialized design is one of evolution's finest inventions. If God put it there, no God worthy of the name could have done so with the sole intention of demanding that it be lopped off. There's a point past which no custom can be justified. The antiquity of a tradition doesn't make it right. Churches are obliged to adapt to whatever degree of human rights are recognized in their vicinities. Any faith whose adherents think they can only achieve spiritual perfection by creating hell on earth for their kids, needs to be curbed. Religious persecution is bad, but sexual mutilation of babies and children is worse. We are urged to condemn "cults" because they are evil: they take your money and make you give up eating meat, or whatever. Maybe so, but then by the same logic, a cult which takes a body part, and incidentally exacts the price of some or all of a person's sexual capacity, must be even more evil. That cult is in serious need of renovation, no matter how old, venerable or widespread it is. The removal of part of a kid's sex organ is a custom that belongs in a Satanist ritual. Proponents claim the pain of the procedure is negligible or nonexistent. An infant may be too wounded even to cry, passing into a state of traumatic shock that can be mistaken for, or willfully misinterpreted as, a sign that he doesn't really mind. (There used to be a theory that children's teeth can be drilled without anesthetic, because their pain nerves aren't developed yet. This isn't true either, take it from one who knows.) It's time to just say no to circumcision, regardless of the excuses made. The cleanliness issue is bogus. A boy can learn to clean his pecker just like any other body part. To rationalize that excising a portion of it prevents future problems, is ridiculous. The arbitrary removal of a body part because something MIGHT go wrong with it is insane. You want to hear crazy? Some parents okay the operation because they want Junior to look like Dad. Suppose the old man lost an arm in battle or an industrial accident. Would they amputate the kid's arm so he'd match Dad? Some parents are afraid the boy will be embarrassed if he's not like his friends. Great logic: mess up your kid so he'll fit in with the other messed-up kids. Subtracted from a baby, the so-called foreskin may not seem like much. Everything on a baby is small, including its toes. But by the time that baby grows up, he will be missing an area of sexually sensitive tissue about the size of a 3 x 5 file card. We're talking about the absence of as many as 15 square inches of miraculously functional flesh that ought to be left where it grew. The true enormity of this obscene operation is that the excised portion of the penile skin system contains enough highly specialized nerve endings to account for about half of the sensation available to an intact organ. The issue of diminished sexual pleasure is not a frivolous or trivial matter. Circumcisers try to tell us this problem is unworthy of concern, because when he grows up the kid will still be able to beget children. Hell, he can even have a good time screwing (or making love). He'll just never know how good a time he might have had, were it not for the partial amputation of his sexual organ. We're supposed to believe this is no big deal. So it's okay to just partially blind a person (one eye only) or partially deafen him (one punctured eardrum to a customer, please.) Or burn his fingertips so they lose the finer nuances of the sense of touch. No, obviously it is not okay. Why do they think it's all right to steal another of the senses - which happens to reside between the legs? This isn't Circ 101, since there are plenty of sources for the basic whys and wherefores. A vast amount of information is out there, especially about the effects of the operation on the sex lives of men and the women they share their sex lives with. Briefly: circumcision causes sexual dysfunction in men. Victims speak of scarring, deformity, tightness, numbness, and numerous other conditions that impair function. The nervous system's exquisitely designed circuitry gets all tangled up. The brain knows it ought to be receiving messages from a body part that doesn't even exist any more. Why should women care? Because this is a feminist issue to the very core. Intact men aren't the only ones who enjoy sex more - their partners do too. One study questioned women who had experienced both kinds of penises, and found that the intact kind is preferred by nearly 90% of those women. One reason is, the circumcised man is more likely to experience what is called premature ejaculation. Paradoxically, the man with the intact penis, whose natural sensitivity has been preserved, is able to "last" longer. This is counter-intuitive, yet those in the know swear it's true. It's a feminist issue because circumcised men are more likely to balk at safe sex habits spurning condoms. And because there's good evidence that if they hadn't undergone this allegedly benign procedure as infants, some men wouldn't be the way some of them are. Sure, a thousand things can mess up a person's mind, from potty training to environmental toxins. But this much is certain: no matter what else is going on with a kid's heredity, environment, or previous lives, having a piece of his dick cut off doesn't help. It is claimed that a baby can be genitally mutilated in the first days or weeks of life, with no lasting traumatic effect. This defies reason. Very convincing evidence shows that the younger a child is when molestation occurs, the greater the likelihood of severe emotional damage. We know what profound psychological harm is done when, for instance, a baby spends its first week in an incubator, unheld and uncuddled. How much more so must it affect a baby boy, to be surgically altered in such an intimate way? How can there not be a psychological impact, when the very first thing he learns about his dick is, it's the source of enormous pain? When the very first thing he learns about other people touching his dick is, they're gonna take a scalpel to it? What a horrifying introduction to life on earth. Novelists struggle to invent awful incidents in their characters' pasts, violations sufficiently appalling to turn kids into sexual predators and serial killers. Well, what could be more damaging than to have part of your penis sliced away when you're only a few days, weeks, or years old? Forcible restraint and brutal violation result in fearfulness, distrust, anger, and later on a sense of loss, shame at being disfigured, and envy for the intact. I don't care how many thousands of circumcised infants have grown up to be "normal" citizens. (And "normal" ain't that great. Look around.) Is it only a coincidence that the most tireless warmongering originates with cultures that circumcise? Moslems and Jews have been at it for centuries, and American belligerence increases every year. The conspiracy to circumcise is truly sinister. Historically, there were societies where the army was required to bring back foreskins as proof to the king of how many enemy troops they had slaughtered. On some level, the subconscious knows: it is the enemy who collects foreskins. By this pre-emptive act of hostility and grievous assault, whoever was responsible - the parents, the doctor, the hospital, the State - have declared themselves as enemies. If theories of the subconscious have any validity at all, this has to be true. It must be dreadful to grow up knowing on some level that, no matter what cover stories they tell you about hygiene, etc, the bottom line (so to speak) is that somebody cut off part of your dick. It's no wonder some men take it so seriously they have to spend the rest of their lives proving how extremely macho they are. Of COURSE they're gonna have castration anxiety. They already got part of their dick cut off once. It's easy to believe that somebody out there wants to cut off the rest of it. The '70s were a boom decade for circumcision in America, with 4 out of 5 baby boys chopped. The madness reached its height in the early '80s. Let's look at 1980, when about a million and a half infants were operated on. They're 26 years old now. If only 1% of those boys developed some kind of psychosexual pathology as a result, the number of 26-year- old sexual psychopaths is 15,000. Not a comforting thought. And if you're male, you're not supposed to mind. You are in fact expected to be grateful for the excellent medical care, thankful that you live in a country where the government will pay to have part of your dick cut off when you're too young to consent or fight back. Adding insult to injury, this goes on at the expense of the taxpayer. Several groups are working to end Medicaid funding at the state level, but that's only a partial solution. Even parents who can afford it shouldn't be allowed to buy it. Circumcision is an unconscionable practice that needs to end, period. I don't suggest that circumcised men should use this as an excuse for either armed retaliation or a pity party. There are enough officially sanctioned victim classes as it is, claiming a free pass for bad behavior. But for humanity's sake, let's stop circumcision, starting today.
Harvey, Travis—USA I believe it is the right of every boy or girl to NOT be subjected to unnecessary pain, torture, humiliation, and harm by the will of their parents or other community members. Children are people, too, and have rights, even when they are weak and cannot use commonly understood language.
Harwell, Janet—USA Our son is very upset that he was circumcized as an infant in 1974. He blames us. In all fairness, we did what 90% of parents of male babies did back then. It was the "standard medical procedure" at that time. But had we known THEN what we know NOW, we would never have had it done. It is inhumane and unnecessary and should have been told this by the doctors.
Hasty, Brandon—USA There is no ligitimate purpose for circumcising boys. Rare conditions such as phimosis can be dealt with later. The main pupose of circumcision has either been religious or an atempt to reduce the mail sex drive. It does not reduce the sex drive rather it reduces pleasure and function ablities. It wasn't right for a surgeon to steal part of my body without my consent nor is it right to keep doing it to other baby boys because it was done to their fathers.
Hawkins, Sammy—USA The mutilation of all children must stop. One more child is to many.
Hayes, Kristina—USA Until I began learning about the procedure, I thought circumcision was a basically cosmetic, personal choice issue. Every mother should read details of the procedure and view photos or video -- that alone could end circumcision. It surely changed my understanding.
Haynes, Joseph—USA MGM and FGM alongside abortion are the MOST and WORST sickening crimes of unimaginable consequences Known to humankind...
Hayward, Fredric—USA As a proud Jew and a critic of genital mutilation, I am disheartened when people condone circumcision in deference to the Jewish community. A desire to protect millions of Jewish boys from physical and emotional trauma is as far from ant-Semitism as you can get....Fact is, even if a Christian fundamentalist were whipping his or her child with the best of intentions ("The Bible says, 'spare the rod..."), I would still call it child abuse. I doubt that there is a parent alive who chooses circumcision with sadistic intention. Nevertheless, what the child experiences is child abuse, pure and simple.
Healey, Colin—Australia The barbaric practice of genital mutilation includes male circumcision. It should not be legal, not even on religious grounds.
Heger, Jessica—United states minor outlying islands Parents do not (and should not) have the right to physically alter/mutilate their sons and daughters. Children do not belong to us, they come through us and we are entrusted with their care. Every baby is born with human rights which are inalienable and include the right to integrity of body parts. Those who would perform or consent to perform any act violating this right are subject to persecution on the grounds of physical and sexual assault and battery. The fact that no religious exceptions are made for female genital mutilation entitles males to the same protection under the law.
Helland, Brentt—USA ...
Henderson, Justin—USA I am part of a movement from within the medical community to end genital mutilations of all forms through both patient and doctor education. As of now, only ignorance keeps these genital mutilations going.
Hendrickson, Bradford Circumcision to minors of both genders is an unethical, abhorrent crime against humanity.
Hennen, Thomas—USA There is no justification, no greater crime against an innocent, defenseless child, than circumcision.
Henry, Michael—USA As God gave me my body so I wished it to remain. Who are you to take that away from me!
Hernandez, Nicole—USA It can not continue. Rape and torture of innocent babies must be eradicated.
Herring, Ben—USA I am circumcised and beleive its a barbaric inhumane act and wish i was never cut.
Herring, Robert—Canada As an aware circumcised male, I abhor any alteration or cutting of human genitalia without the fully informed and uncoerced consent of the recipient of such action for anything other than an immediate and pressing medical reason. I detest what was done to me as an infant, and the damage it has done to my relationship with my parents and my partner. No third party has the right to interfere with the sexual capabilities of any human being for any reason.
Herzl, Theodor—Austria Zionist leader protected his son from circumcision.
Hess, Matthew—USA I sign my name to this petition to acknowledge that all people have the fundamental right to keep their genital organs intact. No one - no doctor, no parent, no religion - has the right to mutilate the body parts of another against their will. Circumcision is genital mutilation that causes every one of its victims enormous physical pain, dramatically reduced sexual pleasure, and lifelong physical and psychological scars. As a victim of neonatal circumcision, I will never enjoy sex the way nature intended, and my emotional well being will never completely recover from knowing that I was strapped down to a table while the most sensitive part of my penis was cut off. Slavery, segregation, foot binding, and countless other crimes against humanity only ended when individuals of their time were willing to stand up and shout "Stop! What are we doing? This is wrong!". Sometimes, we must take a stand in life. We can end this horrific practice if we all speak up and make our voices heard.
Hetzler, John—USA No human being has the right to alter another human being without the educated, informed concent of the person subject to alteration. Circumcision of females is never acceptable, and circumcision of males, except for obvious health reasons to the individual concerned, should be the choice of the recipient based on my first opinioned statement.
hicks, charles—USA keep it natural
Higbee, Jonathan—USA I personally, as well as many circumcised men, put up with constant pain and sexual dysfunction as a result of being circumcised. Health insurance companies should stop covering routine circumcision, and some have. Several state's medicare programs have stopped such coverage. In any case this fundamental abuse and insult to humanity and being a whole normal male human must stop!
Higdon, Jerry—USA Male or female circumcision is barbaric, uncivilized, inhumane, ungodly, inexcusable, serves no practical purpose whatsoever and destroys an important and good part of the human anatomy that The Omniscient God created for a reason that no one anywhere should have a legal right or prerogative to deny without adult written consent from the recipient or when/if the minor's life is in the balance. It should be illegal in every nation; the penalty for inflicting it on a child should be swift and severe. Redress should be granted under law, and the compensation should be over $1,000,000.00. I say this as an intact male who would not voluntarily submit to circumcision for that amount, even at my late age of 59 years old.
Higgins, Bill—USA Circumcision performed on a helpless and defenseless child is nothing short of criminal. Rationalizing that religion requires it is absolutely no excuse. Medical professionals are often the most ignorant and worst offenders. If parents won't protect kids, then the law must provide protection for these innocent children.
Hill, Amanda—USA According to the AAP, their stance on circumcision is that the benefits and risks are too close to make a recommendation for routine infant circumcision. Although the benefits themselves have come under major scrutiny and debate, I still have to wonder, DOESN'T IT MAKE SENSE TO JUST LEAVE THE FORESKIN ALONE AS OPPOSED TO SUBJECTING AN INFANT TO IRREVERSABLE SURGERY?????
Hill, Anya—USA Every one, child, adolescent, adult, regardless of religion and culture, MUST have the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and should be protected from all harm.
Hill, Brian—Thailand There is no good reason for inflicting this pain on baby or indeed any male, therefore why do it? These practices are unnatural and unnecessary for the better health of the infant. I am happy to sign this petition as a means of voicing my opposition to these practices at the same time expressing the hope that in this 21st Century we will gain enough insight to bring them to a halt.
Hill, Henry—USA I like my foreskin. I think I speak for most of us guys.
Hill, Robert—USA As a scientist, father, and human being, I call on legislators to take immediate action to cease once and for all the act of medically unnecessary circumcision of infants in the United States. This act is barbaric and any purported benefits are at the very least inadequately demonstrated. Neonatal circumcision is a horrendous act of child abuse visited on an infant who has no ability to consent to a damaging, disfiguring, and cruel procedure.
Hills, Metta—USA I was an ignorant mother of four sons born in the 1950's and 1960's before enlightenment began. Since the late 1970's I became aware of the physical, psychological and spiritual harm done in gentile circumcision in hospitals. Jew's circumcision is a covenant with God and humane - the child sucks on alcohol soaked materia thus is anesthetized and is held in a loving mother's or father's arms with the God included throughout the ceremony. They do not scream. They may cry. Through personal experience I feel that Gentile circumcison interfered with creativity of the person, I believe it is reponsible for the inability of many men of our society to truly provide and protect women. I am learning of the electromagnetic fields of the human being and of the chakrahs and will be contacting aan energy healer capable of seeing auras as regards the healing of the first chakrah which of course was effected by cicumcision. I am lookin into the healing of circumsised men as regards their psyches, dream patterns, creativity, attitude with we women and I realizing that healing of chakrahs may be the answer. God Bless you all. UPDATE: Truly interesting reading. Recently I was told that psychologists are telling clients to have their babies circumcised because of the "psychological damage for father and son to be different." I am horrified. My father in 1899 was one of the first in this country. No one thought about the psychological harm because he was different from my grandfather.
Hinkle, Jonathan—USA I find it appalling that FGM is looked down upon by most developed nations, yet these same nations have no problem with male circumcision. In America, 63% of male babies are circumcised. The infant is, obviously, not asked their thoughts on the matter. It smacks to me of the practice of sterilizing "less desirable" individuals when they went in for surgery. Surgery that is medically unnecessary should not be performed without consent of the patient. I was circumcised at birth. I am very much vexed by this. The head of the penis is a mucous membrane, not skin. The skinlike appearance of a circumcised penis is owed to the lack of a foreskin and indicates that it is unhealthy. How would we feel if the inside of the vagina (also a mucous membrane) were made to have the same appearance and texture as the glans of a circumcised penis? Additionally, removing the foreskin removes a third of the nerves of the penis. While yes, circumcised men can eventually stretch themselves a new foreskin, I suspect that those nerves will not be replaced (though I could be mistaken on this matter). At any rate, reconstruction of a foreskin should not be our responsibility. We should have the same body from birth until we are sufficiently mature to make our own decisions regarding it. Thank you for starting this petition.
Hodgkinson, Vivian—USA We should NO LONGER mutilate our SONS! Every person should have the right to give consent or withhold it to have their bodies mutilated.
Hoersting, Judith—USA I am a dedicated healthcare professional opposed to surgical mutilation. Thank you for this proposed resolution.
Hoffmann—USA Let us have equal protection under law! Routine infant circumcision is a violation of basic human rights to bodily integrity and informed consent.
Hogan, Matt—USA Full bodily, and especially genital, integrity from birth on should be an inalienable right assured to all regardless of gender. Those who would willy-nilly invade this right should be fully punishable by law.
Hollowell, Jennifer—USA Given the fact that there is no medical basis for circumcision, I find the practice to be contrary to an infant's basic human rights. I am appalled that there is money to be made from the mutilation of innocent children and ignorant parents. If there was no need for foreskin, or if it was truly problematic, it more than likely would have disappeared through evolution. Basically, if it ain't broken then why fix it?
Holmes, Ginger—USA Thank you for fighting for our childrens rights.
Holt, Lisa—USA I am the adoptive mother to a little boy, now 3 years old. My son was mutilated through a circumcision by hospital residents in my community. Even though the physicians were aware that this infant was going to be adopted and was going to be coming home with our family from the hospital, no one asked us whether or not we wanted our son to be circumcised. His birth mother was asked what we would want, and as she didn't know (this wasn't an open adoption per birth mom's request - so our wishes weren't shared by our attorney), she said "well, I guess they would want to do it." Instead of waiting to ask us once we arrived at the hospital, we instead arrived in the nursery to have the attending physician announce that our son was "resting comfortably" after his circumcision. Since our son's circumcision, we have had repeated problems with adhesions and skin bridges. I have deep anger and resentment on behalf of my son that he was involuntarily mutilated. Both male and female genital mutilation must be outlawed in our country. It is hard to imagine that our nation can call itself "civilized" when we are butchering our children.
holtom, julian—United Kingdom Little more than barbarism seated in ridiculous religious rituals.
Honeycutt, Jason—USA I circumcised my first son, because I was never asked, and if I had been I wouldn't have known enough to say no. Fortunately, my second son, (who has a different mother), was left intact. When my wife first told me (when we were engaged) that she would not marry me if I intended to circumcise any more children, I thought she was nuts. But after learning about it, I wholeheartedly agree with her, and wish I could take back my first son's pain.
Honeycutt, Monica—USA Every human being has the right to a whole body. Who are we to remove a perfectly functional part of that body?
hoover, Ken—USA It is a crime to circumcise without one's consent,out of 5 boys I was the only one delivered in a hospital and without my parents consent they circumcisied me. I'm now in the process of restoring my foreskin.
Hopkins, James—USA cutting babies is wrong...
Horenziak, Troy—USA i hope that circumcision ends.i wish i wasn't circumcised.
Horne, Hugh—Canada The genital mutilation of children in the absence of clearcut medical reasons is an assault. Regardless of the reason it is performed it is an abrogation of their human right to control the integrity of their own bodies.
Hosken, Fran—USA The patriarchal family structure and ideology of male supremacy supported by religion provides the under-pinning for genital mutilations both past and present...(and) from which men derive power and control over women as a group...men refuse to marry girls who are not excised...women who do not have their genitals mutilated are considered to be prostitutes. These damaging traditions of genital mutilations must be eradicated as a prerequisite for normal healthy development and to protect the basic human rights of children and women...Men must become involved in this international campaign to end the genital mutilation of female children.
House, James—USA I want my foreskin back!
Howard, Kathleen—USA The sooner it is over the better. Interested in greater public awareness tactics; particularly billboards and television advertisements. Glad to be a part of the betterment of the world and the future.
Howard, Steven—USA Should be total ban -- no exception, not even for religion.
Howes, railton—United Kingdom totally against circumcism
Hoyer, Bill—USA One of many barbaric and traumatic practices in mainstream obstetric practice, circumcision is practiced almost routinely with no awareness of its disastrous consequences. If you want to find the roots of violence in our society, start by looking at the first violent acts males are subjected to and consider the imprinting that takes place at such a vulnerable age.
Huber, Soren—USA Routine circumcision of any type is uncalled for, and a human rights violation. In many places it is illegal to perform female circumcision yet male circumcision is incouraged, the US being a fine example. I am interested in banning all routine circumcision throughout the world, and promoting the circulation of accurate, scientific information about the procedure. If an adult wishes to circumcise themselves, they have a right to do so, but they also have the right to know the consequences of their actions (as well as alternative treatments) before they go through with mutilating themselves. Currently in the US, infant boys are the only humans subject to routine circumcision. It is never necessary to circumcise a child. It is a purely cosmetic surgery disguised by myth. Not only is it unnecessary, it is painful, traumatic, harmful, and threatening to the child's health as well as mental, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. It is a violation of informed consent. Most often parents are not given accurate information regarding the operation. Yet such a choice, I feel, is not for anyone except for the child to make, when he/she/it becomes of age and has been provided with accurate information. In this battle for human rights, I am specifically focusing most of my efforts on routine circumcision in the US (my home country). Yet I support anyone else's efforts in promoting the circulation of accurate information regarding circumcision of any type elsewhere in the world. This child abuse must be ended.
Hudson, Leigh—USA I fully support the abolition of any gential mutilation - male or female - circumcision or other! Thank you for your efforts! I salute all of you who are helping reverse this disgusting, unquestioned trend in the USA.
huff, tammy—USA I am about to have a baby boy and have been trying to get advice on to circumcise or not,thank god for the web site NoCirc.org,I have my answer now,my baby will not go threw a circumcision,I think it is a cruel and heartless thing to do to a baby,for no reason at all. Tammy Huff
Hughes, Diana—USA Female circumcision is being erased from society because the brutality of it is blatantly apparent. However, we're on a slow path to success with the ending of male circumcision. I believe that it is important to point out the fact that it is not just the male infant that will suffer from circumcision but also the grown man and his female mate. Male circumcision causes the head of the male's genitalia to become desensitized. Without the protective skin the head becomes less sensitive as a means of protection. Lack of the skin means more friction during love making. The skin is meant to lag during the movements of sex creating less friction and less friction means less lubrication is needed to maintain a healthy condition within the woman. More lubrication means more feeling for both. Also, a man that has had the protection of his skin during his life is more apt to have sensations are more matched to his mate. The skin WILL NOT take away from the feelings experienced by the man because if it was never removed then the head never became desensitized. Pertaining to the belief that it is "unclean" for a male to remain uncircumcised. This is preposterous. It is not difficult to pull back the skin & wash. If female circumcision can go away despite the difficulty of cleaning the complex female genitalia then a better look needs to be taken regarding this "uncleanliness belief" regarding men.
Hunt, Jan—USA Here is a quote from philosopher Jeremy Bentham, speaking out on behalf of Blacks and animals: "The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been witholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. "The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. "It may one day come to be recognized that the number of the legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. "What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full- grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as more conversable animal, than an infant of a day or a week or even a month old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason?, nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" Are we now able to see that people of color and animals deserve protection from abuse? When will we extend such compassion to children?
Hunt, Mitche'—USA Your work is admirable and long needed. I am glad I found your ad in The Nation. I had no idea there was such an organization. My background is newspapering and public relations. If there is anything I can do to help, I will.
Hurst, Cody—USA The human body is the most awesome creation on this planet. Those who attempt to destroy such a creation by altering such a tightly emotionally bonded organ, the male Penis, I feel, should be dealt with severely. I must ask why is it ok to alter a female and male in Africa in certain cultures but it is not ok to harm females in the United States however male cutting is accepted just fine. This should be outlawed and illegal and I feel the doctors who carry out such actions should be thrown out of their practice. Furthermore, what makes a female OBGYN knowledgeable enough to slice away such a fragile part of a baby boy. We are talking about an innocent, harmless baby boy and yet mutilatoni is ok. Females and males are two totally different species of humans, and to think that a female knows best for a male in terms of genitalia is completely and utterly ignorance. I hope to teach a very good strong lesson one day and promote the illegalization of male circumsision. This has gotten me very emotional and if I could get my hands on each doctor, male and female, I would deal with them accordingly. This has scarred me emotionally for life and has changed the way I view things in terms of my mother. I feel altered, offended, taken advantage of and down right asalted. I have been and always will be an emotional mess over this. The male genitalia is a very special part of a male body and is not like any other part of the human body. What has been lost cannot be regained by restoration. Either this needs to be outlawed or parrents need to be educated. Lies need to stop being told about circumsision. It hurts me so much to see e new born baby boy being cut of an organ that will from then on never be the same. With that comes the sanitary, emotional, physical scars, pain, and abnormality of cutting an infant. Females have no room to put any word in edgewise, as this does not affect them. I will do anything I can to help my future son, if I have one which I hope I do. It is unconditional love at that point, and seeing him with an intact body will almost certainly make me feel much better, with the knowledge that he is intact and that he is part of me.

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