GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN IS TORTURE

The Ashley Montagu Campaign Against the Torture

and Mutilation of Children

http://MontaguNoCircPetition.org

 

Presents The Following SIGNATURES Collected at

The 11th International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights, Berkeley CA 29-31 July 2010

In support of the following Resolution:

Circumcising tortures. Whether with intent or in ignorance, the Genital Mutilation of Children Is An Act of Torture, as the stripping of skin from the body is universally recognized as an act of torture. This is particularly true for the infant/child where the glans and foreskin are fused as a single biological unit that protects the glans and the even more densely innervated inner foreskin. Many infants do not scream while being circumcised because they are in shock and cannot scream.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december072007/circumcisions_12707.php

 

Circumcision = Genital Mutilation = Torture

WHEREAS

Judge J. Flaherty (1978) in The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Civil Division. McFall v Shimp rendered his OPINION;

"OPINION: The question posed by the Plaintiff, is that, in order to save the life of one of its members by the only means available, may society infringe upon ones absolute right to his "bodily security." Forceable extraction of living body tissue causes revulsion to the judicial mind. Such would raise the spectre of the swastika and the Inquisition, reminiscent of the horrors this portends. An Order will be entered denying the request for a preliminary injunction." 


http://www.violence.de/prescott/letters/McFall_v_Shimp.pdf

WHEREAS

Article 5 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment." http://www.montagunocircpetition.org/montagu_resolution.pg

WHEREAS

ARTICLE 19. ABUSE AND NEGLECT of the U.N. CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD states:

"1. State Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child."

WHEREAS

Federal Law establishes Female Genital Mutilation as a crime (PL 104-208), which was enacted on September 30, 1996 and the criminal provisions became effective on March 30, 1997. The 14th Amendment states "nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," which extends the criminal sanctions under PL 104-208 to male children. This reality has yet to be acknowledged by the Congress and it is essential that the Congress act to assure this protection to male children. http://mgmbill.org/usfgmlaw.htm

WHEREAS

Dr. Judith Palfrey, President, American Academy of Pediatrics repudiated the AAP's Committee on Bioethics Policy Statement- Ritual Cutting of Female Minors:

"To better understand the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) position on female genital cutting (FGC), I encourage you to read the policy statement issued April 26. You can see the full statement at: 


http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/pediatrics;125/5/1088?rss=1
[http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2010-0187v1]

In the statement, "the AAP reaffirms its strong opposition to FGC and counsels its members not to perform such procedures. As typically practiced, FGC can be life-threatening. Little girls who escape death are still vulnerable to sterility, infection, and psychological trauma."

"The AAP does not endorse the practice of offering a "clitoral nick." This minimal pinprick is forbidden under federal law and the AAP does not recommend it to its members. 
 The AAP is steadfast in its goal of protecting all young girls from the harms of FGC."

Judith Palfrey, M.D, 
President, American Academy of Pediatrics
14 May 2010. 


http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/eletters/peds.2010-0187v1#50189

WHEREAS

The AAP News published on June 1, 2010, stated:

"Reaffirming its strong opposition to female genital cutting (FGC), the AAP Board of Directors retired a recent policy statement on FGC and replaced it with another statement clearly denouncing the practice" has documented that despite the revision of policy the AAP has shown no change in its level of Consciousness by adhering to Female Genital Cutting (FGC) rather than the original term "Female Genital Mutilation" (FGC) used by other health professionals in describing this act of torture. This insistence on using a neutral term "cutting" denies the barbarity of the practice.

http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/aapnews.201006012v2?maxtoshow=&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=fgc+policy&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT

WHEREAS

Objections to this neutral descriptive term in the AAP's original policy statement have been raised. 
 The AAP states: "It is paradoxical to recommend 'culturally sensitive counseling' while using culturally insensitive language. 'Female genital cutting' is a neutral, descriptive term.(4)," which betrays the AAP's denial of the reality of Female Genital Mutilation.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/eletters/peds.2010-0187v1#50068

WHEREAS

On May 31, 2010, a letter was sent to Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee that he holds Senate Hearings concerning the blatant violation of Constitutional and International Law by the Obama Administration concerning the Genital Mutilation of Children as Torture. Letter below: 


http://www.violence.de/prescott/letters/LT_LEAHY_5.31.10.16.html

RESOLVED

Signers of this petition at The 11th International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights (29-31 July 2010) at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, petition Senator Leahy to hold Hearings on why the Obama Administration refuses to enforce Constitutional and International Law to protect our children from torture and to take action that ENFORCES the "equal protection of the laws" under the 14th Amendment for male children.

http://www.violence.de/politics.shtml#GMChildrenhttp://www.violence.de/prescott/Genital_Mutilation_of_Children.htmlhttp://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/eletters/peds.2010-0187v1#50068

James W. Prescott, Ph.D.

Institute of Humanistic Science

27 JULY 2010

 

GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN IS TORTURE

CIRCUMCISING TORTURES



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