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
Machtemes-Mangnall, Jennifer—USA I believe that it is wrong to mutilate any unknowing child's genitals. My son is intact and perfectly happy and healthy.
Mackenzie, David—United Kingdom An absolutely revolting and savage practice carried out for reasons of greed and superstition. If anyone ever asks me why I'm glad I wasn't born in America, this will be the first reason.
MacLeod, Mark—Canada Male Genital Mutilation should be ended. Period. The world needs to see male circumcision just like most people see Female circumcsion...as a violation of human rights and a injust procedure.
Mahe, Louis—France Forcibly cut at the age of 11 because I didn't easily retract - nobody had previously attempted retraction on my penis - I fortunately could non surgically restore my foreskin at the age of 35. I can now imagine how great would be life with a really intact penis, while feelings are even greater with my restored foreskin which already gives me a better sexual life. Depriving a baby or a child of his physical integrity is not only a shame, it's a crime. Nobody is entitled to do that, even for religious reasons. Religion and body integrity are a boy's own responsability and will, they don't belong to other people, even his parents or his doctor. Nobody should be circumcised without being first fully aware of its exact issues.
Maheux, Louis—Canada Je considère que toutes les traditions sont plus ou moins ineptes et aberrantes, mais, dans le palmarès Inepties et Aberrations Mentales des Traditions, l'excision, l'incision la circoncision féminine et la circonscion masculine (on a tendance à l'oublier, celle-là) occupent toutes les places du podium. Que ce soit dans leur pays ou dans le pays où ils ont émigré dans le but d'améliorer leur sort, des parents "sain d'esprit" imposent et font subir à leurs enfants ces tortures et ces mutilations sexuelles digne de l'inquisition catholique. Pour se justifier, ils invoquent leurs coutumes, leurs tradition et, dans le cas des Juifs, leur religion. Il parait que leur dieu aime ça, les prépuces de bébés males. En passant, l'athéisme n'est pas une religion, c'est une attitude, une doctrine ou une négation de l'existence des dieux, mais, en aucun cas une religion.
Maler, Kathy—USA My son is a complete and happy uncircumcised boy, who has had no problems whatsoever from my forgoing having him mutilated. Anyone who knows the TRUTH about circumcision and gets it done to their child anyway is a MONSTER who doesn't deserve to be a parent. The child should go to live with someone who REALLY loves him, and not someone more concerned about the "status" of being circumcised than the welfare of their own child. Let me make this clear,.... PARENTS WHO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT CIRCUMCISION, AND HAVE THEIR CHILD MUTILATED ANYWAY DO NOT LOVE THEIR CHILDREN.... PERIOD!!! THEY ARE MONSTERS!! HORRIBLE, EVIL MONSTERS!!! AND PARENTS WHO DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT CIRCUMCISION AND GET THEIR BABY CIRCUMCISED ARE LOUSY, STUPID PARENTS!!!!!!!!! DOCTORS WHO CIRCUMCISE ARE EVIL MONSTERS, AS WELL AS BEING GREEDY, GREEDY, GREEDY..... ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY. THESE POOR CHILDREN ARE BEING MUTILATED BY MONSTER DOCTORS AND THEIR UNLOVING MONSTER PARENTS !!!!! I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO GET STARTED ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION. THE EVIL IS TOO EVIL TO COMPREHEND!!!!!!!!
Maler, Michael—USA My mother was told by her Dr. that I HAD to be circumcised at birth. As a cirumcised male, I've always wondered how a Dr. (who is supposed to look out for the welfare of his patients) can live with himself after mutilating his tiniest, most helpless clients. I feel betrayed by the medical community, and disgusted with any Dr. who will lie to a new mother.
Malinowski, Robert—USA After finding out what was done to me as a newborn,my life had changed to the extent of distincing myself from my family.Wondering why?didn't my parents like me?I thought baby's were born beautiful as they are,NOT AS SOME STUPID DR.wants or makes his mark on a humans.People have put the trust in Dr.'s for to many years,and is starting to backfire on them.Until we get a Class action case going in this counrty to stop and put the Dr.'s in prision for this practice of circumcision and stop the BLOOD for MONEY campiagn. Thank You to the Medical community for ruining my life...Robert.
Malofie, Bettie—Canada Way to go!
Mapson, Edward—Australia Please stop the needless torture and disfigurement.
marano, louis—USA Circumcision is not medically necessary. There are more benifits in having a foreskin, both health wise and sexually. More people should be told about the beifits of not being circumcised.
Marcum, Lee0—USA i think it is vulgar cruel and above all painful. whoever thought of this must be truly sadistic if God wanted us the way Man is trying to make us then he would have done it in the first place. I have a Daughter but if i would have had a son i would have fought tooth and nail not to have him go through that mutulation.
Marengo, Buster—USA I will never forgive humanity for this. Execute the perpetrators!
Markel, Ana—USA It is time to educate the public.People choose to circumcise "just because".This is an extremely serious matter.
Marovitz, Jeffrey—USA I am a male who was circumcised against my will on my fourth day of life. My father is Jewish, but is considered Reform and practices very little of his faith, including not keeping kosher. The extent of his faith appears to be his belief in a god, attending religious holidays, and consenting to the amputation of his only child's most erogenous, highly functional penile tissue. I do not understand what made him decide to do this, but he always claimed it was a "tradition" he passed on from father to son. Oddly enough, despite being circumcised himself as an infant, his own father is not circumcised (and is still Jewish). His failure to account for the fact that his son might see things differently from him has led to the dissolution of our family. He will not know me past the time I complete my educational studies and move out on my own; he will also never meet his grandchildren, or even know of their birth, name, or number. All my life I thought I was normal, until one day I discovered that I was not, anatomically, a human male. I was something less. My one adherent belief in life is that one should have a natural, unaltered body; while this is not religious, one could consider it my personal belief analogous to another's religion. My father imposed his own religion on me, and denied me the right to adhere to my own. I now carry the surgical scars, decreased sensitivity, and reduced sexual response on my most precious body part: the definition of my manhood, and the flesh I use to make love to my wife. The most intimate moment between two humans is supposed to be the meeting of their two internal organs; one of the most beautiful things conceived by nature that can appear spiritually and emotionally symbolic to man. I have been denied that birthright, as my penis is now permanently denuded, desensitized, and exposed. Circumcision destroys lives, families, lineages, and most unfortunately of all, the human experience of life. It must end. Sincerely, Jeffrey Marovitz
Marquardt I think it's horrible for a baby boy who is (of course) not consenting be forced to participate in this action because they can't do anything to defend themselves or even voice their opinion. If problems come into being later on in life (ex. infections) then they (the male) can decide whether or not he wants to have it done when he is fully capable of such a decision. I'd compare circumcision (to what other Americans who do condone of circumcision) to some other brutal traditions in other cultures such as female genital mutilation and any other mutilations of young childrens' bodies against their will. I truely hope this bill is passed so we can prove we are a true democracy with all of the freedom.
Marquardt—USA Its ubsurd that most parents would be against it in females yet for it in males. Im fifteen years old and when my boyfriend told me he was... i felt so sorry for him and yet he didnt even know it was wrong! this needs to be stopped. how can such cruelty be an accepted practice ?
Marquis, N—Australia The right of each and every person to retain their genital integrity must never be discriminated by basis of gender. Genital mutilation is a violation of human rights, regardless of the shape of their genitals. Circumcision is violation, no matter how one tries to sugar coat it. I can only hope that one day we will have true gender equality, and that the torture of male infants will cease.
Marshall, Ashley—USA Circumcision is the first act of senseless violence we commit against our young sons in this country. Please do your part to educate parents and to advocate for the gential integrity of these vunerable souls who cannot yet speak for themselves.
Marshall-Gore, Sharon—USA It is not our place to cosmetically alter another person without their permission.
Martin, Wes—Canada Circumcision is an absolutely disgusting practice.
Martinez, Jose—USA It is unjust to remove something from one that is too young to make a decision or to even understand what is going on.
Mashburn, Clifton Byrd—USA This is definitely worth fighting for.
Mason, James—USA To those who take circumcision for granted, I paraphrase John Lennon: "Imagine no circumcision; I wonder if you can." How remarkable to me how unfeeling we can be if the culture we believe so requires. Some beliefs may be worthy of transmission from past to future, but the beliefs that protect circumcision and genital mutilation deserve to be stopped cold in our time.
Matteoli, Richard—USA Abraham's Covenant is not in question here. It did not expose the glans penis, and eliminated all female genital alterations by inference from omission. What is done today correlates directly with criminal behavior. It is a prime example of Munchausen Syndrome in Social Transference. These procedures constitute categories of Socialized Sexual Predation. When performed on an infant, child, or adolescent, they are instances of Institutionalized Child Abuse.
Matthias, Emily—USA All people have a right to their normal, natural genitalia, free of modification.
Mauffray, Natalie—USA Before my son was born we did a lot of research about circumcision. My husband and I decided NOT to have him circumcised. We have been constantly mocked by many friends and family, but we stand our ground and tell them that we believe that is a decision he should make for himself. I think people should educate themselves before making such a monumental decision for their child. We should not circumcise just because the father was or because other kids will make fun of the child. Many people have told us that we will regret not doing it because it will cause health problems or it will get infected because it is dirty. My son is 4 and we have not have ANY problems!
Maurel, Olivier Les mutilations, quelle que soit leur signification, sont pour moi une atteinte inacceptable aux droits des enfants, au même titre que les châtiments corporels.
May, Camellia—USA The foreskin is not a birth defect--protect children from harm.
McAffee, A Jay—USA Surgical alteration of a child's genitals without medical justification could only be performed by the most barbaric of societies. It astounds me that our society continues to rationalize this inhumane torture of newborn infants.
McBratney, Cindy—Canada Without valid medical indication, there is absolutely NO reason for genital surgery or amputation to be performed on an unconsenting minor. This grievous and tortuous human rights violation must stop!
McCarley, Laurin—USA My son (age 10) is an intact male and has not experienced problems nor ridicule. I am the founder of the NC chapter of NOCIRC; thank goodness I saw an article in "Mothering" magazine YEARS ago on why NOT to circumcise....Marilyn Milos is a godsend...... Thank you, Ashley, for your resolution. You deserve a wreath of roses around your neck!!!!
McCarter, David—Canada Others have no right to deny my right to a whole and intact body, to deny my right to experience sexual pleasure as nature intended, to impose their fanatical anti-sexual beliefs upon me by mutilating me.
McCary, Dave—USA There is simply no swaying evidence of purpose for such mutilation. Left as is at birth, the genitals function properly. As to the hygeine issue, a washcloth solves the entire problem; no worse than washing under the arms. Cutting off skin for the sdake of hygeine is ludicrous. It is an unnecessary and potentially harmful surgery that should be banned by law under child protection.
McCaw, Chris—Canada I'm a blissfully intact gay male. I can remember being 100% against R.I.C. and childhood circumcision since the 1st day I could tell the difference between some males having foreskin and some not having foreskin(around the age of 8). R.I.C. and childhood circumcision is a major human rights' violation and I have chosen to dedicate my life to educate and stop this totally uncessary procedure from being preformed on any male or female under 18 against their will.
McCaw, Logan—Canada "We are not the owner's of our childrens' bodies, but merely their custodians."
McClarty, Julia—USA My thoughts on this,is that I think Just like my daughter it is a terrible thing that a child have to go though. I did not have it done to my late be- loved son and I would not wish it on anyone elses child. Thanks Julia.
McCool, Shannon—USA Please do all you can to prevent infant circumcision. YOur body the the only true possession one has, and to alter it at a point when you are too young to protest, is as wrong as wrong gets, no matter WHO says they think it's best. Babies are not property, and why do their rights end outside the womb? I will live with this forced mutilation for all my life. It was wrong, and my mother regrets it. No one ever told her there was a choice. Please help this country stop think and learn. Thank you for reading.
McCracken, Leilah—Canada I have six sons. Never would I permit knives to touch their bodies for such a pointless, barbaric reason as circumcision. It is not within a parent's rights to declare prudent such a permanent, painful procedure... once boys are grown men can they make such an intimate decision for themselves. I hope this petition goes on to help eradicate this disgusting, vile and unsconscionable practise. Only good can be done by ending the ritual genital mutilation of children.
McDanal, Jill—USA Circumcision is mutilitation - plain and simple. It does NOT fit the definition of surgery in the Taber's Cylopedic Medical Dictionary which says "Branch of medicine dealing with manual and operative procedrues for correction of deformities and defects, repair of injuries, diagnosis and cure of diseases, relief of suffering, and prologation of life". Circumcision procedures do not correct deformity, it inflicts it. It does not repair injuries, it too inflicts it. It is not a diagnosis or cure for a disease. It does not relieve suffering, it inflicts it. Circumcison does NOT prolong life. It fits under the heading of "mutilation" which stays "maiming' the act of removing or destroying a conspicuous or essiental part or organ". In the USA we pride ourselves on our abilty and freedom to choose, yet when it comes to circumcision we look the other way. There are laws agains all forms of female genital mutilation - we need the same protection for our sons.
McDonald, Cameron—USA Non-consensual alteration of the human body is a crime and should be treated as such, with appropriate punishment being meted out to the perpetrators.
McDowell, Michael I was cut after birth,to this day i feel almost nothing.It does explain why my life is so screwed up,what GOD GAVE ME and MAN TOOK IT AWAY.Tell me,How fare is that ?
McGinness, Frank—USA Now I know chosing to be circumcised at age 4 resulted in remarkable sensation loss throughout puberty culminating to virtually no sensation. I now chose to restore.
McGinnis, Melanie—United Kingdom I think it's disgusting to force circumcision on children, they have no choice, no say in the matter, and most of which grow up unhappy with what's been done to them. Such a huge change should be THEIR CHOICE. I don't understand why parents think it's okay to do this to their kids!
McGovern, Misty—USA MGM is ending in America!!
McGuiness, John—Canada Circumcision was originally used in the USA to stop teenage boys masturbating. It also destroys most of the nerve ending in the penis. In a number of countries you are unable to 'doc' a dogs ears or tail, but it is socially acceptable to mutilate your children. This practice is antiquated and abhorrent & should be stopped immediately.
McIlwee, Luke—USA Male Genital Mutilation has negatively effected my life and needs to be stopped in order to preserve the human rights of every person.
McKenna, Jennifer—USA Keep the whole baby!
McKinney, Heyward—USA It is indded tragic that we have entered the twenty-first century, and still the abhorrent practice of routine infant genital mutilation continues in the United States. Ignorance can no longer be an excuse for parents who allow their sons to be subjected to this barbaric ritual. There is ample information available to convince any rational, loving parents that their son should be left intact. I will never understand the motivation of the pro-circumcisionists. What sort of sick power-trip makes a person want to cut another person's genitals - or allow it to be done? It is horrible, there is no justification for it whatever in today's society. Every human being has the right to an intact body. I am the circumcised son of an intact father, and the restoring father of an intact son. I pray that I will be the only one in my family ever to suffer this violation.
McLaughlin, Jody—USA And Genital Integrity for All: AAP OPPOSES MALE GENITAL MUTILATION Projected date of press release, 2005 CHICAGO-The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) opposes any form of male genital mutilation and recommends that pediatricians dissuade families from having the ritualistic procedure performed on their sons. This is according to a policy statement appearing in the current issue of "Pediatrics", the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Male genital mutilation is a procedure in which the male genitalia are cut or altered (retraction) to make him look more 'normal'. It is most often performed as a cultural ritual in the United States and small communities in the Canada. It is estimated that at least 100 billion zillion men worldwide have undergone male genital mutilation and that nearly two million procedures are performed annually on male infants and boys in the United States. According to the AAP, pediatricians may encounter patients who have undergone male genital mutilation. Some pediatric surgeons, pediatric urologists, obstetricians, and sometimes-even midwives, may be asked to perform the procedure. Because it can be harmful physically, psychologically, socially and politically, the AAP advises its members against performing the surgical procedure. The AAP also recommends that its members educate families on the serious, life-threatening risks associated with male genital mutilation, including hemorrhage, infection, death, compromised sexuality and impotence. "Protection of the physical and mental health of boys should be the overriding concern of the health care community," the policy state reports. Federal law now prohibits anyone, including physicians, from performing this surgery or harming the genitals of male minors in any way. So, members of the Academy, "Don't Do It. You will loose your license to practice medicine and go to jail." This is a very serious issue. If a parent asks you to circumcise or retract the foreskin of their son. Tell them kindly but firmly. "NO, I could loose my hospital privileges, my medical license AND go to jail." "If you would have asked me last week, I could have done it. But the American Academy of Pediatrics, my lawyer, the Board of Medical Examiners, the AMA, the hospital administrator, the State Department of Health and my minister have all said not to." "And besides, you could be charged with child endangerment just for asking me to do this." --- NOT THE END --- ================== This is the real one of course: ================== Here is a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098 Contact: Heather Cunningham, 847/981-7131 Gina Steiner, 847/981-7872 AAP OPPOSES FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION CHICAGO-The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) opposes any form of female genital mutilation and recommends that pediatricians dissuade families from having the ritualistic procedure performed on their daughters. This is according to a policy statement appearing in the July 1998 issue of "Pediatrics" the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Female genital mutilation is a procedure in which the female genitalia are cut or altered to ensure virginity and make her more desirable for marriage. It is most often performed as a cultural ritual in Africa and small communities in the Middle East and Asia in non-sterile, unsafe conditions. It is estimated that at least 100 million women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation and that 4 million to 5 million procedures are performed annually on female infants and girls. According to the AAP, pediatricians may encounter patients who have undergone female genital mutilation, and some pediatric surgeons and pediatric urologists may be asked to perform the procedure. Because it can be harmful physically, psychologically, socially and politically, the AAP advises its members against performing the surgical procedure. The AAP also recommends that its members educate families on the serious, life-threatening risks associated with female genital mutilation, including hemorrhage, pelvic infection and infertility. "Protection of the physical and mental health of girls should be the overriding concern of the health care community," the policy state reports. --- 666 --- The date of the AAP's anti-Female Genital Mutilation statement was July 6, 1998.
McLaughlin, Paul—USA Any form of genital mutilation is wrong; medical, religious, or otherwise. This must be stopped for both girls and boys. We are too advanced in this day and age to allow this to happen.
McLeod, Shireen—South Africa Circumcision is brutal and unnecessary. I think it should be banned.
McManus, Edward—USA If I wanted to strip a person naked and freely carve up their body without their consent, wouldn't I be considered a criminal? Without this petition people are free to carve up any child's genitals for any reason.
McMorris, Tonya—USA Children should be protected from permanent bodily alteration inflicted on them without their consent in the name of culture, religion, profit, or parental preference.No professional medical association in the world recommends routine neonatal circumcision. Removing the foreskin is no more justified than removing a finger or any other healthy body part.
McNamee, Patrick—USA
McPadden, Christopher—USA I really believe that Circumcision is child sex abuse!
McParland, Matthew—USA Neonatal circumcision, when performed as a matter of course without any compelling medical justification, should be recognised as the criminal act that it truly is.
Mcpherson, L—Canada So many lies have been told for so long by the pimps of perversion that only a second coming could restore creation back to it's designed state. (& this is only one area of that) What will these holy perverts, these natural deviates & therefore these actual transgressors say to the Creators Son if asked why they are one way while creation & therefore the creator is the other? What if good & evil is not measured by normal & abnormal but by creation & all violations of creation instead? What if it turns out to be a case of to hell with evil goodness & vile holiness & they who are full of it?
Mejia, Alejandra—USA If it's not necessary then why do it? For cosmetic reason?! Give me a break!
Mele, Adam—USA To not only risk the physical or psychological health of a child but deny the right of consent to one's own human body is an utter disregard to the very fiber of our being; the knowledge of right and wrong by nature, of giving the choice to that individual to make for his or herself.
Melgren, David—USA everone should have the the right to choose to have or not to have,there is no reason for circumsion to start with.
Melom, Gail—USA Male circumcision is a barbaric practice without medical or other justification. It should be illegal. The practice is so ingrained in American society, however, that it is very difficult to get people to see it for what it is: torture. Yet people react with horror to stories of female genital mutilation. So I am dedicated to bringing about awareness of the actual operation on an infant boy's penis, so people can feel revulsion from hearing the infant's terrible screams and seeing his contorted face and the vomit and excrement that the pain causes, and see how long this operation lasts.
Menahem, Guy—USA To whom it may concern: All forms of female genital cutting are already prohibited in the United States. Baby boys deserve the same protection. The foreskin is an essential part of a male's body. There is no proven medical benefit to circumcision; in fact, it has always been a cure looking for a disease. Infant circumcision is EXTREMELY painful, and many parents do not know what the procedure actually entails when they "consent" to have their sons circumcised. Let's create a society that respects the genital integrity of girls AND boys.
menareangrynow, menareangynow—USA Genital mutilation is wicked child abuse. How can we allow little boys to still be tied down and flayed alive? We must put an end to this madness, and start doing a good job of protecting our children from harm, especially our boys, since they currently lack the same protections that girls have. This is an equality issue, as well as a abuse issue. We've already banned this terrible madness form being inflicted on our girls, so why do we permit it for our boys? Enough is enough, I say! Equality now! Our bodies, our choice!
merbaum, bruce—USA IT IS TIME TO HEAVILY EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AT LARGE OF THIS ARCHAIC ROUTINE PRACTICE OF MUTILATING OUR MALE CHILDREN.
Mercer, Barry—Australia No invasive techniques, not required by an acute condition, should be considered on pre adult persons or be permitted under law.
Merrill, Leonard—USA Circumcision is an archaic cultural/medical phenomenon like blood letting, foot binding, and slavery. Like blood letting, foot binding, and slavery the practice should become history.
Meyer, Jill—USA God created us whole, we need not cut our children to improve them.
Michoski, Judith—USA I have someone that I care about very much that has been affected by this atrocity. I cannot even begin to know the pain and confusion he is going through. This has to come to a stop now! We are talking about human beings! How dare anyone take their rights and identity away from them!
Mikkelson—USA We as parents have no right to authorize unnecessary cosmetic surgery our children. Our children's bodies are ours to to protect, not to mutilate. We wouldn't think of cutting our daughter's genitals, so why would we deny a son the same consideration? Keep ALL babies whole.
Milburn, Douglas—USA It is bad enough that adults purposely mutilate and injure themselves and each other. That adults should mutilate infants and children is simply unconscionable.
Miller, Andrea—Canada I believe circumcision is highly unnessesary and painful to the child. I think it is done for parents personal reasons and it should be stopped. I think people need to be more educated on why it is not a needed procedure. People are still thinking it is for the best. If some of these close minded people were proved wrong or educated on this topic i think it would make a difference. The male penis would not come with skin if it wasn't intended that it was to have skin!!!! Thank you for giving us all this opportunity to help put a stop to genital mutilation. Andrea
Miller, Brian—USA We need to stop circumcision now, there is absolutly no reason for it. God has a reason for having a foreskin covering the penis, who are we as humans (adults) to cut it off. No child should go through unnecessary procedures.
Miller, Christopher—USA It is wrong to amputate any part of a persons body regardless of sex, cultural trends and/or religion. I was Circumcised and it is the one thing I regret in my life and I never even had the chance to fight it. I fight when wrong is being done to me but this was done when I was too young to even scream all I am sure I did was cry. If I could see anything happen in my life time I would want to see the end of circumcision. People talk about how advanced the USA is and how we uphold the individuals rights but if that's true then why do we routinely cut parts off of our little children? How can any ethical or moral society claim to be modern when they remove parts of their infants genitalia? There is no more important issue than the issue of male genital mutilation because if it isn't stopped it will just grow. A person who is circumcised only has a few courses of action when they become aware. They can either tell themselves that they like it that way and do it to others as justification (as is happening now) or they can hate their body and the many people who contributed to the disaster that has befallen them. We need to stop turning the other way and start looking at the disgusting mutilations that have been committed. We need to end this now. I will never experience what I lost and I will never know what pleasure I undoubtedly might have had. My girlfriend who is the love of my life will never be able to please me as much as she wants to and I will always envy her for they way her intact genitalia can make her feel but I know that self pity is not right. What we need is action. What I have to do and what everyone has to do is fight this in any way possible. end male genital mutilation, or as it is affectionately named by the doctors who make blood money off of it, circumcision. PLEASE USE THIS COMMENT IF IT CAN HELP IN ANY WAY I am Christopher R Miller and I am calling for an end to Male Genital Mutilation
Miller, Ellen—USA This is a choice for every individual by that individual to make. Never a decision to be made by someone else especially for newborns who do not yet have the ability to make a decision such as genital integrity.
Miller, Jeremy—USA I feel that I was wrongfully circumcised and I desire to keep this from happening to anyone else
Miller, Kimbelry—USA My husband and I had our first born in September of 2000. We were so proud and wanted to be the best parents we possibly could be. We tried to make every decision concerning our son cautiously. Unfortunately, we made the decisoin to circumncise our son. Before makeing our decison to do so; we talked to our doctor. His advise was only that "it was our decison." We talked to friends and family. Their advise was that "their boys were circumcised and nothing bad happened" "it's so much cleaner" "if you don't have yuor son circumncised, he'll look different than everyone else" "your son will get an infection" "blah, blah, blah." Our first instinct was that we should not have our son circumncised. We figured that if the foreskin was not suppose to be there in the first place than God wouldn't have put it there. After talking it over with everyone and taking note that my husband was circumncised as an infant and doing just fine; we decided to have our son circumncised. Now my son is going to be three on 09/11 and I have to take him back to the doctors because he keeps crying that his "peepee" hurts. The doctor who circumncised my son did not do it correctly or completely. My son is circumncised, but there are chunks of foreskin still attached in which case when my son gets an erection; the skin pulls in each direction causing him great pain. I wish that my husband and I would have went with our first instinct. I wish that I would have read this article and known this information you have posted ahead of time. And I pray that "circumncision" is abolished. I pray that people like you continue to show the true ugliness and meaningless act of children being circumncised.
Miller, Paul—United Kingdom Infant circumcision for anything other than one of the very very rare medical reasons, is a barbaric, mutilating, de-masculinising and totally unjustifiable abomination, which should be universally outlawed in every society worldwide in the 21st Century. There is absolutely no possible excuse, either religious, social, or for health reasons for the practice to be endorsed or embraced by any culture. I wholeheartedly condemn the practice as strongly as I do female circumcision or infibulation and encourage all men worldwide to take every opportunity to speak out against it. Let us see united male power act on their interests as strongly as women have achieved progress by speaking out on theirs.
Miller, Ronald—USA I believe in the basic human right to genital integrity. NO one has the right to remove a healthy, functional body part from someone for any reason except for a PROVEN pathology or by consent from an adult!
Milner, Felicity —United Kingdom Consent to circumcision should only be given by the adult individual concerned. Consent should not be allowed to be given on behalf of a minor nor in the name of any religion.
Milos, Marilyn—USA Also recipient of the California Nurses Maureen Ricke Award, 1988. Male and female genital cutting violate basic human rights. These harmful traditional practices must come to an end, for as Gandhi said, "If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
Mitchell, Alice—USA We must not tolerate the barbaric violence of Female Genital Mutilation or Male Circumcision perpetrated against helpless infants and children who depend upon us to protect them from such harm. It is our duty and our responsibility to intervene when harmful religious and cultural practices violate the rights of others.
mitchell, michael—USA we have to stop this child abuse of circumcision.
Mohammed, Seham—Egypt All human beings are entitled to bodily integrity as a basic birth right. Every part of the male and female genitalia is important to the physical and psychological well-being of the individual. MGM and FGM should stop. It is a shame that we continue to mutilate our children in the 21 st century.
Mohamud, Asha—USA Throughout history and to the present day, patriarchial societies have circumcised females to repress their sexuality and status.... Today, an estimated 110 million African women are suffering the medical, social and psychological complications of genital mutilation.... A collective international effort is necessary to support the indigenous organizations and national governmental agencies devoted to the eradication of this custom.
Monette-Shaw, Patrick—USA All children should have equal protection -- under both their national laws and international laws -- that their genitals will not be altered due to so-called "parental choices" based on any factor, but especially not the parental choices of "social custom" or "religion." It is not a parent's right to amputate any portion of their child's genitals. If the child chooses on reaching the age of majority to have a portion of their genitals removed, it is that child's (who has just reached the status of "adult") right to determine the course of its own body, not the right of a temporary custodian who is called a "parent" to mutilate a child of any age without the child's fully-informed consent and that child's express permission.
Monroe, Jerry—USA There is no need to perform circumcision on infants, and this should be a personal decision by the owner of the foreskin when he is old enough to make that decision.
Montagu, Ashley—USA Humanist of the Year (1995) Internationally renowned author of more than fifty books, stated in his distinguished address at The Aldous Huxley Celebration, 1994: Circumcision is a brutal ritual rooted in superstition and should be abandoned. and from: Mutilated Humanity, Distinguished Address: Second International Symposium on Circumcision, San Francisco, 1991, published in The Humanist, July/August, 1995, stated: What is called for is a well thought out approach to the eradication of antiquated beliefs and practices which cause so much needless suffering, mutilation, tragedy, and death; an approach which takes into consideration all those factors I have mentioned, and more. We can begin with carefully designed programs, possibly under the auspices of the United Nations, or a similar body, with the purpose of rendering obsolescent the practice of circumcision, an archaic ritual mutilation which has no justification whatever, and no place in a civilized society.
Montalván, Ricardo—USA Every human being has been blessed by nature to a wonderful body and they are quite entitled to it!
Monteleone, Jeanen—USA Clearly, NO one, no parent, no doctor, no religious representative, has the right to mutilate, or consent to the mutilation of the body of any child.
Montgomery, Matthew—Luxembourg The forskin is a very important part of any man. Take it away, and you are placing a curse on him. An inabilituy to enjoy full sexual pleasure. A real crime.
Montgomery, Muriel—USA It is frightening how new parents today are not informed about the risks/benefits of circumcision. It is even more frightening to contemplate how many doctors perform this procedure without consent. I am very grateful that I educated myself on circumcision while I was pregnant with my son, and am very happy he did not have to go through such a traumatic experience when he is so fragile and young. I'm also glad that he will be able to make the choice for himself as an adult if he wishes it.
Moray, Susan—USA As a midwife, not only do I take a personal and professional oath to do no harm, but whenever possible, to create and support an environment in which babies have a gentle start to their lives. To remove a necessary part of a babies body not only interrupts the integrity of that baby, but causes immeasurable pain and suffering.
Morello, Lawrence—USA the rape of the penis performed by perverted ghouls and money hungry doctors
Morgan, Jared—USA Any type of genital surgery performed against the will of the patient is a violation of human rights and should be punsihable by law.
Morin, Michael—USA Genital integrity is such a dear topic to those I love. It has become a dear topic to me thanks to them. I don't understand how tribal rituals have made it this far into medical practice as it has. With a God-send of nation-wide support, we can reverse this trend of ceremonial mutilation and alteration.
Morningstar, Brock—USA I'm so relieved that someone got this issue to Congress and hopefully it will become law.
Morret, Robert—USA This should be a decision the individual makes and not forced on infants when it is an unnecessary procedure.
Morris, Emily—USA Let's stop this madness. If babies were meant to have foreskins, they would be born with them.
Morris, Thomas—USA This violence against children must end.
Morris, V.P. Child Protection, Sheila—Canada This is signed on behalf of and with the authority of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Children's Rights Council.
Morrison, John-Paul—USA We do not know how many boys and men are out there with misshapen penises as they suffer with their shame in silence. Doctors do not go back after adolescence to determine the extent of the mutilation on the adult penis, thus the true number of disfigurements is and will never be known. I did not even know that my penis was disfigured until I started restoration and grew enough skin to correct the problem caused by circumcism. Yesterday a pediatrician told me about three early teen age boys wanting to be cut because of perceived social pressure. She of course did it, but had it been girls wanting breast implants she would have insisted they were too young to make a life altering choice until they became adults. Such views are not uncommon in the medical community and it needs to be changed to protect the children. If an adult wants to have their penis amputated is their choice, but children get no choice even in the free US! JP Morrison
Morrow, Victor—USA It's time this practice became extinct.
Mortram, Jim—United Kingdom http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-g-uk/4915753437/page2/
Moser, Rosemary—USA There is no compelling medical evidence to support the practice of infant circumcision. It has been well over a decade since the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with such a statement. So why do we insist on the genetic mutilation of our newborn males, both in the US and in other countries? We must stop this barbarism if we call ourselves a civilized race.
Moyer, Amanda—USA I believe in the genital integrity of all children, male and female. The decision to amputate any part of the body belongs only to that individual who resides in that body.
Mrozinski, Waldemar—United Kingdom There can be no justification for these barbaric practices.
Mullin, Ada—USA Boys deserve the same rights to bodily integrity as girls!
Munguia, Carrie—USA I am not alone in feeling that genital integrity is a very important issue. We mist fight for our sons, nephews, cousins, uncles, fathers, friends, and neighbors. This is not a "Parental Right"... It's a HUMAN RIGHT.
Murdock, Charlotte—USA I feel that circumcision/genital mutilation is violence plain and simple. Treating our children and fellow human beings in such a violent and disrespectful manner only encourages them to be violent or subservient.
Murdock, Dorothy—USA Genital mutilation of both genders must be stopped ASAP.
Murphy, Mario—USA I resent having been mutilated when I could not have ever had a chance of making the choice for myself. It angers me that boys are still put thru this unnecessary modification.
Murphy, Stephanie—USA I was 16yrs. old when I gave birth to my first son. Though I did not want to have him circumcised becouse I thought it to be cruel to perform on an infant, but I never really knew exactly what it was or how it was done. I had no idea that it was painful or what effects it made on a man. I was misled by my doctor and the doctors and staff at the hospital. Up until they took my son from my arms to have it done I did not know what to do but they all kept telling me it was best so being young and uneducated on the subject I let it happen. Today I am 18yrs. old and just now have realized what it is all about becouse of your site. I hurt so deeply right now and know I can't change my desision. I am due March 19th for my second son and after looking over you site I am glad that I now know and can make the right decision this time. Although I will always regret my decision I pray that my first son will understand and forgive me. Thank you for letting me tell my story, and for what I have learned on your site, becouse of it I now stand strongly aganist circumcision!
Murray, Lawrence—USA I believe the body belongs to the individual, not the caretaker or guardian. Only in the case of life-threatening circumstances should there be an intervention. We don't routinely remove the appendix or tonsils to prevent the liklihood of problems, the foreskin should be no different.
Myers, Alex—South Africa Genital mutilation/modification of either male or female human beings is completely unacceptable in a modern human rights context in whatever context, be it religious/cultural/"medical".
Myers, Catherine—USA We allowed our first two children to be circumcized, purely to look like their father, and I could not feel worse about what we did. We have learned so much since then. We have learned about the resulting sexual dysfunction, and about the important role the foreskin plays in health and hygeine. Our third son, and all subsequent children will be left intact. We will bring them into the world gently, without knives, without danger and trauma, without strangers gawking and groping, without machines and drugs, and we will let them live as gently as we can.
Mynsted, Andi—USA The practice of routine infant circumcision is a barbaric human rights violation. It is fueled by misinformation, often coming from medical professionals who are not current on medical research. A foreskin is not a birth defect to be amputated but an important, natural part of the male anatomy. The US needs to provide better information to educate expectant parents on the fact that circumcision is painful, risky, and completely unnecessary. No medical organization in the US or in the world endorses routine infant circumcision. I've witnessed this procedure too many times in my profession. I refuse to participate in this practice and I urge other health care professionals to do the same. Circumcision needs to stop and insurance companies need to stop paying for this strictly cosmetic procedure!

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