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
Wagner, R—South Africa Curcumcition is choice a person can make himself - not his parents or any one else unless its about life of death.
Waite, Chantel—Canada Basically a reiteration of all that has been said before. I think the most effective thing in stopping genital mutilation in North America will be education. Misconceptions surrounding Circumcision are deeply ingrained. People need to be educated.
Waite, Jeffrey—Canada Circumcision should be viewed as an illegal operation. You are perfoming an unnecessary proceedure without the consent of the patient.
Wakefield, Norman—USA Genital mutilation is evil, and it must be stoped. We can no longer allow it to continue to either sex, just because it is tradition or habit
Wald, George—USA George David Wald, 1906-1997, was a Nobel Laureate, Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University, and a promoter of progressive political and social causes. Wald wrote in 1975 a so-far unpublished essay entitled "CIRCUMCISION". About circumcision he says, among many other things, "I'm against it." Dr. Wald was a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Circumcision Resource Center at http://circumcision.org from December 22, 1992, until his death on April 12, 1997. His obituary in the Harvard Gazette gives more information about his life and work and is available at http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/1997/04.17/GeorgeWaldNobel.html as does the Harvard University website at http://oasis.harvard.edu:10080/oasis/deliver/findingAidDisplay?_collection= oasis&inoid=1580&histno=1 and the Nobel Prize website at http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1967/index.html and a memoir by a student of Wald's, "George Wald November 18, 1906 April 12, 1997 By John E. Dowling" available on the website of the National Academies Press at http:// www.nap.edu/html/biomems/gwald.html. About "CIRCUMCISION", George Wald's 1975 Essay; Still Unpublished by Van Lewis November 2002 (Updates can be found below.) George Wald won the Nobel Prize in 1967 for discovering Vitamin A in the retina of the eye and how it functions with light there to form the molecular basis of vision. I had been Dr. Wald's student in the early nineteen sixties and I still treasure him as one of the finest teachers and people it has ever been my privilege and pleasure to meet. I am very fortunate to have been his student and friend. Many people feel the same. In February, 1975, Dr. Wald gave a lecture at Florida State University in Tallahassee, the state capital. I attended, went to the reception afterward, and asked if I could take him to the airport when he was ready to go. He agreed, and I picked him up early the next morning. Four years earlier, on December 17, 1970, I had been arrested with my younger brother, Ben, for protesting against infant circumcision, peacefully, on the public sidewalk near Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Now instead of facing the impenetrable ignorance and prejudice of my hometown police and judge I was riding with my deeply revered biology professor, the great social activist and Nobel Laureate, George Wald. I knew what I had to ask him: "George, have you ever thought much about circumcision, from a biological point of view?" His eyes grew big, bright lights in a very dark world. "No", he said. "I never have. I'll have to go home and do that." He did. We arrived at the airport to find that his plane was late, so I had him to myself in the Tallahassee airport for two hours. We had a wonderful visit and remained friends until his death in 1997. Six months after our ride to the airport, on August 5, 1975, George mailed a large envelope to me. When I opened it, I found inside a photocopy of his 39 page typewritten manuscript - "Circumcision" - which he subsequently edited and expanded to 42 pages. I wrote back to express my profound gratitude for his important essay. He also submitted it for publication to William Shawn at The New Yorker, saying, in part: August 18, 1975 Mr. William Shawn The New Yorker 25 West 43rd Street New York, N.Y. 10036 Dear Mr. Shawn I have been absorbed all summer in writing the enclosed paper. The beginning of it will tell you how that happened. Gradually I realized that I was writing it for you. I don't know how strange you will find that; but I think that The New Yorker has the weight and depth and the readership that I want most to reach and that will most respond. If it jumps off from there it will go far. The subject has its fascinations of many kinds -- social, theological, anthropological, deeply personal; but this essay is trying also to meet a problem, it takes a position. The medical literature turned anti-circumcision ten years ago, but almost none of that has filtered through to the mothers. Perhaps this paper will do that job. There will be plenty of flak. ... Sincerely, George Wald Shawn responded: September 8, 1975 Dear Dr. Wald: Broad as our range may be, this subject seems somehow beyond it. What you have to say is, as always, important and sounds right. We are most grateful to you for letting us consider this. I hope that all is well with you. Warm regards, William Shawn George continued to seek a publisher for "Circumcision" for over two decades but never found one. He died on April 12, 1997. The essay remains unpublished today, but he insured its survival by leaving a copy of his final version of it with his extensive papers in the Harvard Archives, where it rests today in his box 103. The only other copy I know of is the slightly shorter and earlier version he sent to me, which I still have. George mentioned to me in Cambridge in the early nineteen nineties that he was serving on the advisory board of a "local Jewish anti-circumcision group". I was unaware at the time that there was a significant national and international movement against male genital mutilation and, much to my current regret, didn't realize then the importance of what he was telling me. On April 5, 2002, I was privileged to tell this story to the Seventh International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After my talk, Ronald Goldman, Director of the Circumcision Resource Center in Boston - http://circumcision.org - told me that George had served on CRC's Professional Advisory Board from December 22, 1992, until his death in 1997. CRC is the group George had mentioned to me. The proceedings of that memorable 2002 conference will be published soon [see "January 2004 update" below], and will include my review of "Circumcision", but I continue to hope that some day the essay itself will be published in complete form, just as George wrote it and just as he left it for the world. You can read Dr. Wald's entire essay, CIRCUMCISION, in the Harvard Archives, or request from them a single unpublishable photocopy for your own research purposes only. The main web address for the archives is http://hul.harvard.edu/huarc/ At the following location you may fill out and email your request for such a photocopy. The manuscript is in Wald's box 103: http://hul.harvard.edu/huarc/contact_01.shtml March 2003 update I was invited to and gave a presentation about this to the 16th World Congress of Sexology, held in Havana, Cuba, from March 10 through March 14, 2003. That presentation, entitled NOBEL LAUREATES for GENITAL INTEGRITY: Francis Crick - George Wald telling most of the story above in more detail, along with important quotes from Wald's essay, CIRCUMCISION, is now available on the internet at http:// StopInfantCircumcision.org/crick-wald.htm February 2004 update: The book of presentations that were made at the 7th International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society, mentioned above, entitled FLESH AND BLOOD: Perspectives on the Problem of Circumcision in Contemporary Society, has now been published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. See http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-48333-5
Waldman, Brian—Canada Circumcision is nothing less than Male Genital Mutilation and a form of child abuse as a minimum and more likely criminal assault. It is primarily propagated by WOMEN (especially American and Jewish women) as an expression of their misandry and envy and ignorant men. For the women, it is "get-evenism" at its worst; for the men, it is denial and rationalization that this was done to them for no valid reason.
Wales, Margaret—USA It is my hope that the procedure of infant circumcision be banned with rare exceptions made to accommodate medical necessity. Genital cutting of babies, boy or girl is a breach of their fundamental human right to bodily integrity and self determination. The male foreskin is an important part of the anatomy and belongs to the child, NOT the parent. It is a criminal act of assault to remove it without the informed consent of the individual involved.
Walker, Wm.—USA I'm amazed that in the "supposedly" most civilized nation in the history of the world that most males are routinely mutilated as infants, e.g. circumcision.
Wallace, Tom—USA Yep. That's me. Tom Wallace. Cut. Not my son, though!
Wallerstein, Edward—USA Edward Wallerstein, an important US voice against genital mutilation of males, is the author of Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy, Springer Publishing Co., 1980.
Walters, Brandy—USA I lay awake every night thinking about the injustice of it. I feel so sorry for my husband who wishes he could get his foreskin back. I have never been happier about my son being intact. I still won't be able to sleep until I know that babies in this country have stopped being mutilated. I would do anything to help this cause.
Walters, David—USA Genital mutilation in the form of circumcision is a brutal and disgusting process. A civilized nation would not have such an act be legal. It must come to an end.
Warburton, Rob—United Kingdom The medical reasons given by the medical profession for performing circumcision have all been discredited by reputable professional bodies, but from the personal point of view, no mention is ever made of the possibility that the victim may grow in a state of bitter resentment at what has been done to him. Since it is performed on a helpless baby there is no question of getting the victim's permission. By the time he grows up it is too late and if like me he realises that something of value, part of his sexual heritage has been taken from him, all he can do is lament his loss. UNLESS - lawyers can be found with the same resentment for what was done to them who can then work to make it possible for victims to sue the victimisers. Since the whole wretched "industry" is based on profit and the rapacity of doctors, the practice would disappear overnight in that happy event.
Waterstram, David—USA Every man should have the right to chose for himself whether or not he is circumcised.
watson—USA It is wrong.
Watson, Lindsay—New Zealand Non-therapeutic circumcision of non-consenting minors is a contravention of human rights that subnormalises sexual experience.
Watson, S I believe that an individual should be left whole and should decide what body part they wish to remove or donate. To remove a body part without a choice is indeed an assault, upon the person. A child should not be forced to go through unnecessary, needless operations whether it be for religeous reasons or drastic reasons.
Weatherspoon, Kimberly—USA People and especially men need to be educated on male circumcision. We need a better understanding of the effects of circumcision and the natural process of male genitals. Education on the purpose and importance of foreskin and keeping everything the way it was created and intended for it's purpose. I would love to see ignorance abolished!
Weed, Jennifer—USA It is a dishonor of a great magnitude to force the amputation of an important and healthy body part from an innocent and powerless person without their agreement. I would like to see this procedure become illegal across the planet, except in those rare instances of medical necessity. And even those should require a great effort to prove.
Weeks, David—United Kingdom I think it is disgusting and is extreme child abuse. End this disturbing mutilation practice now.
Weese, Jennifer—USA No one should have the right to cut another persons genitals.
Wehrung, Len—USA The World's denial of this abomination, or justification based on religious traditions, points to a dire need for authentic dialog with oneself and one's society.
Weidema, Soline—Netherlands Except for Somalia and USA the rest of the countries of the world have signed the UN convention on the rights of children. Then we must act on it.
Weinstein, Lee—USA It is unbelievable and disgraceful that here in the US in the 21st Century, over half of the male infants born here are still subjected to circumcision. This practice, which was instituted as a means of "curing" masturbation in the 1870's, has been continued with an ever-changing series of medical rationalizations. While female genital mutilation has rightfully been outlawed, the medical establishment here has sought to find reasons to continue the practice on our male infants rather than end it.
Wertz, Charles—USA I cant beleive a practice so barbaric is still in such widespread and accepted use...and the lack of education on the subject is just as disturbing.
West—USA It is an individual that makes his own choices. Infant circumcision diminishes a persons right to choose for himself.
Weston, Louanne—USA I have written and had published several articles opposing the practice of circumcision in the San Francisco Examiner, on the website OnHealth, and on the website WebMD.
Wetteland, Sara—USA
Wheeler, Joan—USA I support all efforts to educate all people on genital mutilation and circumcision. Every baby, child, adult has the right to an intact body.
Wheelock, Jessica Both genders should have the right to intact genitalia. NOT ciring my baby boy was a no brainer for me...It was not MY penis to cosmetically alter. I teach circing in my Childbirth classes that I show all the couples pictures of a newly circed infant penis. I then go on to discuss with them the facts. I did my These in Univeristy on Female genital Mutilation. I was and still am sicked that this occures still in so many places around the world. We must stop making choices that are not ours to make.
Whitaker, Alexander—USA Circumcision is just wrong. It takes away something, very painfully, from a child. This child did not give consent to have a part of his body removed, therefore it is against the law. It is a form of child abuse, and it should never have been allowed to begin with. If my parents had circumcised me, I would've sued them by now.
White, Beverly—USA This is long over due!
WHITE, COLIN—United Kingdom this petition should be signed by alll!
White, Danielle—USA For years I have been sickened in my heart knowing that people are mutilated by circumcision. I don't believe in it,and I fully believe that it's no way to welcome a human being into life. We should be ashamed of ourselves for still doing it when it's unnecessary. What a tender part of us that gets cut,how heartbreaking! Our creator made us the right way, there is nothing to "fix"!!
Whitwell, Giselle—USA Circumcision and genital mutilation has been shown to be harmful to those on whom it was inflicted. There is already too much violence in the world, to change this practice would mean to allow children to grow up with dignity and respect for who they are as human beings, respecting their bodies as well.
wiginton, jennifer—USA I am from england where it just isnt done. its not a choice to have it done there, because its not a choice one should have to make at all. he was born with it, he keeps it
Wilhelm, Christopher—USA It matters! Allow all to remain intact!
Willems, Albert—Canada Inconceivable,that it is still going on in this 21st century.I am honoured to be able to speak out against this criminality.Thank you for giving me this opportunity.
Willems, Paul—USA Delighted that I may add my name to the petition to stop the barbaric mutilation of the genitals of children without their consent. This form of mental illness must be stopped before we may claim to be a civilized society.
Williams, Allen—USA I am offended that I was not given the choice on whether or not to be circumcised. My wife after our son was born insisted that he be cut so that he would look like his brother!! This is NOT tolerated with female circumcision it is commonly held to be mutilation. When will the truth be told in the US.
Williams, Betty—Ireland This should serve to verify that I have endorsed the Montagu Petition. Love and Peace, WORLD CENTERS OF COMPASSION FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL Betty Williams Nobel Peace Lauareate (1976) President and Founder
Williams, Brad—USA Genital integrity should be a basic human right.
Williams—Canada Circumcision is wrong and deprives the child of a natural, functioning part of their body. They are born with it and they should keep it.
Williams, Susan—USA Please end this! enough babies and children have been hurt...
Williamson, Jennifer—USA Males should be given the same protection as females. It is not right that our baby boys are being routinely cut for cosmetic reasons. What will be next if we keep down this path? Having nose jobs performed on our babies because their nose is a little big? Change needs to happen.
Willman, Julene—USA His body. His rights. Speak for the one who is not yet able.
Wilson, David—USA www.SICSOCIETY.org www.StopInfantCircumcision.org Stop all genital mutilation.
Wilson, Jennifer—USA I am pregnant with me first son, I would never let anyone mutilate my son- I find it sickening that people think it is ok to cut off parts of a newborn's penis but would be outraged if this happened to a girl baby. Why are boys passed over when it comes to basic human rights? I am signing this petition for my son Charles Grey in the hopes that one day all babies will be as lucky as him- knowing they will be protected and respected.
Wilson, Jeremy—USA I am opposed to infant circumcision. I was circumcised as an infant. I feel this was a crime and should not have been done. This should have been my choice and not made by my parents. I am currently attempting foreskin restoration. Parents have no right to circumcise their children. A parent does not own the childs body.
Wilton, David Our world begins with our bodies. An inviolable body can lead to respect for all things.
Winston, Jimmy—USA The exploitative, subjugating molestations of boys, ("circumcisions"), in the USA is discriminatory and violates the 14Th, 9Th, & 13Th Bills of Rights Amendments under the Equal Treatment of individuals under the U.S. Constitution. Boys are treated like blocks of meat. It is disparity to pass a Law to protect only one gender (fe-males). Excluding males is sexual biased, because males genitals are cut in the USA, not fe-males. The prejudice imposed, inflicted, upon boys as being unclean, dirty, and shamefull, stereotypes boys. That is discrimination. How many products exist for feminine hygiene? This hostile atmosphere of aesthetic biases to the foreskin also corrupts the morals of minors. Too many "reasons" exist for "cutting" our penises, while boys NEVER have a say in what is "cut" off of OUR penises. These are grounds for a CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT against the US Government.
Winterstein, Michael—USA I am absolutely thrilled to be able to support this venture. I am a 24 year old who became aware of the harm circumcision inflicts about four years ago. Ever since then I have been educating myself on the issue as well as starting to take a stand againt this barbaric practice. Circumcision in all forms is a outright violation of basic human rights. Evetyone, men, and woman have the right to their intact body. To see loving parents subject their children to this sort of denegration and mutilation is absolutely horrible. I have a lot of difficulty living with what was done to me. But even worse then this knowledge, is knowing that the society I live in continues to circumcise baby boys, and is blind as a whole to its evil. It is for this reason that I have taken it upon myself to start my own campaign against circumcision. I am starting a foundation names L.I.I.F.E. (life) = Long Island Integrity for Everyone. I am new to the movement, but with the help of people like Jody McLaughlin, who I have been in contact now for a few weeks, I am already well underway in my own efforts. I am really happy to see so many others trying to stop this horrible injustice. God willing, this bill will pass, and will make a difference.
Wintirs, Serenity—USA It is wrong to do something like that to anyone let alone a helpless child.I am ashamed to see that america, in all it's prfound glory,has not risen above the level of such heinous and cruel methods of "helpful resolutions"
Witmer, Michael—USA Dedicated to making a safer world than when I entered it. I provide educational information to parents & I'm commited to securing the birthright of male/female children & babies to keep their sexual organs intact. Foreskin "restoration" is a great resource but if I/we would have been left alone I could have devoted so much more time to my other interests. I could write paragraph after paragraph...I'll keep it short. HANDS OFF THE CHILDREN!
Witter, Mary—USA What a barbaric practice in this age of alleged civilization.
Wolfenberg, Janice—USA I don't believe that God gave us any parts we don't need.
Woodbridge, Kenzie—Canada It is a travesty that circumcision is still performed on small children against their will, and without consent.
Woodman, Tessah—Canada I find it particularly appalling that the WHO and UNAIDS are now supporting male circumcision as a means of reducing HIV/AIDS. The studies that they are relying on to draw this conclusion are deeply flawed. However, even if the studies were sound and actually did "prove" that adult male circumcision reduces the risk of African males contracting HIV, a) this does not mean that infant circumcision will produce the same results (look at HIV/infant circ rates in US compared to Europe, for example) and b) condoms still offer far better protection, whereas this movement is going to ultimately reduce condom use among circumcised men, leading to INCREASED HIV infections in Africa. It makes me sick to think that the "educated" Westerners are going in with their "we know what's best for you attitude" and making the situation worse on so many levels.
Woolard, Kate—Australia Anything done to the genitals of any individual should be an informed choice made by that individual. This ranges from so-called "simple" procedures like circumsion all the way through to any form of gender re-alignment surgery.
Worthington, Stuart—United Kingdom proud father of two girls and one boy, all as nature intended.
Wright, John—USA I it our right.
Wright, Laura—USA Routice Genital Mutation needs to be an illegal practice. Babies are born intact and should remain intact. Parents should not be legally able to decide to slice off a functioning (or any) part of their baby's body.
Wright, Matthew—USA I am one who lost his normal manhood at 20 years due to an accident. I could have had it repaired but I was on a 3 month trip and at that age one doesn't know better,. I wanted the quickest fix so the doctor said that cutting was fastest healer. So as a young idiotic person, I said fine, not knowing the consequences...there...I said it. I hate myself for it and feel sub-male. But, I am with a support group for men in the boat. I unfortunately KNOW what I am missing. I ddon't need to tell you course what that all entails. I am just glad to sign this and hope that it gets millions of signatures!
Yazdani, Hossein—Iran I believe it to be abhorrent to be mutilated under any pretense.
Yeşil, Barış—Turkey I lived lots of traumas. I am a humankind.
Ynda, Cole—USA THANK YOU!!!!
yolkiewicz, jennifer i believe we all have the right to decide what to do with our own bodies. circumcision of any kind before one can voice his/her wish is cruel and inhumane.
Young, John—USA Let the person decide when they have grown up and can decide what to do with their own body.
young, l.—USA we are born the way we are nature of the cosmos made us...
Young, Ryan—USA As a victim of genital mutilation I will never be able to feel whole and complete. I will never be able to enjoy the physical pleasures that should be my natural and most basic right. To see the cycle of abuse to continue unheaded today impacts me more profoundly and on so many levels that only those that have experienced it will ever know.
Yu-Gibbs, Jeannie—USA babies are born perfect!
Zachreson, Jonathan—USA Please stop infant and child circumcision. I am an adult male who had this right taken away from me, but luckly was educated before my son was born, preventing him from the same torture and sexual mutilation that was inflicated on me. Please stop this!
Zamfirescu, Andrei—Romania In Romania there is no such roule to perform circumcision on every boy in order to prevent UTI or other diseases. I think that there are important diseases that should be better understand and treated. The parents and doctors must discuss on very solid terms the necessity and the outcome of such a problem.
Zavales, Anastasios—USA Professor Zavales initiated the "Universal Covenant of Ecumenics International on the Abolishment of Female and Male Genital Mutilation, Painfully Commemorating Billions of Victims, and Honoring All Martyrs of Human Rights, Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of the Ecumene [the World]," on 10 December 1993, the UN's Human Rights Day.
Zeldis, Adam—USA You'd think not cutting your children would come a little more instinctively.
Zurek—USA "Tradition will accustom people to any atrocity." --George Bernard Shaw

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