Saturday, July 4, 2015

Circumcision and The United States Constitution: Forced Genital Cutting of Minors is Illegal


On this 4th of July we celebrate many freedoms protected and held dear in the United States. One such protection, however, has been failed to be recognized in this nation, and that is the equal right of baby boys and intersex persons to maintain their full and functioning genitals at birth. Taking a closer look at the U.S. Constitution and laws currently in place, we see that routine infant male circumcision is already illegal.

The Equal Protection Clause (8.6) of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits U.S. States from denying any person within their jurisdiction equal protection of the laws. Section 1 of this clause reads:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December, 1948, by members of the United Nations declares in Articles 2 and 5:
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1995 (which was signed into law in 1996, and went into effect in March 1997, punishable as a felony under federal U.S. law) prohibits ANY genital cutting of any kind - including small pin pricks or nicks - to a minor child or baby under the age of 18, for any reason whatsoever (religious or otherwise) if this minor is deemed to be 'female.' The FGM law, in combination with the 14th Amendment Clause 8.6, makes all forms of forced genital cutting on minors a federal violation, regardless of sex. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights further supports this position.

Therefore, as of March 1997, all forms of medically unnecessary forced circumcision on infants of any sex, are most certainly illegal in the United States of America.

Photograph courtesy of Intact New Hampshire

Learn more:

Should I Circumcise My Son? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcisionhttp://www.drmomma.org/2014/12/should-i-circumcise-my-son-pros-and.html

Male and Female Genital Cuttinghttp://www.drmomma.org/2011/04/male-and-female-circumcision.html

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dr. Paul Fleiss, Pediatrician, on Circumcision


In more than 50 years of pediatric practice, I have never seen a single, legitimate medical reason for foreskin amputation -- never, not one! I think we have been lied to by a lot of people in the medical business, and we politely accepted what they said as fact. -Paul Fleiss, M.D.

Additional words of wisdom from Dr. Fleiss:

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision (book): http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20/detail/0446678805
(Kindle): http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20/detail/B000FA5TTC

Protect Your Intact Son: Expert Medical Advice for Parents When Your Doctor Says to Circumcise: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/08/protect-your-uncircumcised-son-expert.html

The Case Against Circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/11/case-against-circumcision.html 

The Functions of the Foreskin: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html 

Circumcision and Christianity: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/circumcision-christianity.html

Remembering Paul Fleiss (by Dr. Jay Gordon): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-gordon/dr-paul-fleiss-5-decades-in-pediatrics_b_5604011.html


Most parents want what is best for their baby. Wise parents listen to their hearts and trust their instinct to protect their baby from harm. The experience of the ages has shown that babies thrive best in a trusting atmosphere of love, gentleness, respect, acceptance, nurturing and intimacy. Circumcision wounds and harms the baby, and the person the baby will become. Parents who respect their son's wholeness are bequeathing to him his birthright - his body, perfect and beautiful in its entirety. -Paul Fleiss, M.D.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Father's Day! #DadsSavingSons



Have a special baby-saving dad in your life? Each year we celebrate some fathers who really made a difference in the life of another (2013; 2014). This is your chance to celebrate a dad and genital autonomy advocate you know and love ~ and maybe have him win a little something in the process. Saving Our Sons invites you to share a picture and brief story of the father you know who stands up for the basic human right of genital autonomy. Email to SavingSons@gmail.com and we will add the son-saving dad in your life to the Real Men Save Babies album. On Father's Day we will be drawing 10 winners from among submissions who will each be able to select an advocacy bracelet, button, or info cards set of their choice (http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html). Thank you to all the men and their loved ones this Father's Day who are making sure the next generation grows up with all they were born to have. ❤

If you would like to donate to Saving Our Sons in honor of the special man in your life, we invite you to do so here or by sending to:

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
VA Beach, VA 23451

SOS operates exclusively on a volunteer and donation basis, and we work hard to be at every baby and maternity expo across the U.S. that we are able to fund; to meet with thousands of expecting parents each month; to host free classes for expecting families; to daily respond to letters, calls and email in regards to intact care and circumcision cases; to send professional materials to physicians and nursing staff who are known to be retracting babies and children; and to make a positive, pro-intact presence at every event and demonstration we're able to host to ensure this topic stays at the forefront of discussion and social change. SOS needs typically outweigh donations, so yours is especially appreciated and will be immediately put to real-life baby-saving use!

2015 Winners
(Drawn at Random.org on Father's Day)
See all submissions at: FB.com/media/set/?set=a.609017385784053.1073741829.166998263319303 





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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Letters to Chase



We've received an outpouring of email and messages related to Chase and his mother, Heather. Countless individuals have expressed things they'd like to say to Chase one day... the many ways he has had an impact on their lives, their work, their advocacy, their own children - and the babies born to friends or family of those impacted by his story.

We've decided to take up a collection of letters and compile them into a book to give to Heather, so that she can pass this on to Chase when he is older. No matter the outcome of the current battle to protect Chase, to honor his wishes for bodily integrity, and his basic human right to genital autonomy,  his is a situation that has forever changed the lives of many. One day he may wish to know how those watching, hoping, praying, and fighting for him were feeling at this point. He may need to know that every unjust thing he was put through (the repeated 'inspections' of his normal genitals by clinicians is horrific enough), was not entirely in vain. 

If Chase and his story has impacted you in some fashion, we invite you to write to him. We'll publish a small number of letters (with authors' permission) here to serve as examples, and give all in bound copy to Heather. You may wish to tell Chase: 

1) How you learned about him and his situation.
2) How his life, and his case, has impacted you, or those you know. 
3) The many ways you've watched Heather fight to protect her son in the most heroic of means. 
4) Wishes for him now, and in the future. 

Send your letter to SavingSons@gmail.com - email addresses will not be shared; only the name with which you sign your letter. To be included, letters must be received by July 1, 2015. 

Event page on Facebook: FB.com/events/1862593377299590/

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Friday, June 5, 2015

"He won't even remember being circumcised..."




"He won't even remember being circumcised..." It is a common myth heard in North America today. And yet, evidence strongly suggests otherwise.

Circumcision Pain and Memory Retention: A Resource List

Babies Remember Circumcision Pain: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/11/babies-remember-circumcision-pain.html

Are There Long-Term Consequences of Pain in Newborn or Very Young Infants? (Journal of Perinatal Education): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1595204/

MRI Studies: The Brain Remembers Circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/mri-studies-brain-permanently-altered.html

Neonatal Circumcision and Pain Response During Routine 4 to 6 Month Vaccination (Pediatric Research): http://www.nature.com/pr/journal/v41/n4s/full/pr19971248a.html

The Impact of Neonatal Circumcision: Implications for Doctors of Men's Experiences in Regressive Therapy (by Robert Clover Johnson): http://primal-page.com/neonatal.htm

Avoiding the Cobra Pose: Boys, Yoga, and Circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/06/avoiding-cobra-pose.html

Male circumcision: pain, trauma, and psychosexual sequelae (Bond University: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences): http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1036&context=hss_pubs

Circumcision Nightmares (Bonobo3D Video Interview): https://youtu.be/P-mngp8mrNg

I-Function, Pain and Memory (Beth Varadian): http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro99/web2/Varadian.html

Is the Pain of Circumcision Truly 'Brief'? http://www.drmomma.org/2011/04/is-pain-of-circumcision-truly-brief.html

Pain and its Effects in the Human Neonate and Fetus (New England Journal of Medicine): http://www.cirp.org/library/pain/anand/

Long Term Adverse Effects of Circumcision (Doctors Opposing Circumcision): http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/DOC/statement06.html

My Story of Ritual Abuse: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/12/my-story-of-ritual-abuse.html

Memories of My Infant Circumcision (Restoring Tally): http://restoringtally.com/blog/2012/05/memories-of-my-infant-circumcision

Infant Pain Impacts Adult Sensitivity: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/infant-pain-impacts-adult-sensitivity.html

Do Babies Remember Trauma? The Psychology and Neurobiology of Early Trauma: http://supportingchildcaregivers.com/2011/10/07/do-babies-remember-trauma-the-psychology-and/

The Effectiveness of Anesthesia for Circumcision Pain: http://www.drmomma.org/2008/11/the-effectiveness-of-anesthesia-for.html

Frail and Broken: Painful Memories of My Son's Circumcision, and How it Changed Him: http://www.savingsons.org/2014/01/frail-and-broken-painful-memories-of-my.html

19 Year Study Finds Autism Higher Among Boys Circumcised at Birth; Trauma at Birth Impacts Neurology: http://www.drmomma.org/2015/01/19-year-study-finds-autism-higher-among.html

Therapy Uncovers Circumcision Trauma (Bonobo3D Video Interview): https://youtu.be/n5NDYG6w2eA

Too Young to Remember: http://www.circinfosite.com/43.html

Do Men 'Remember' Circumcision Pain? (MenWeb): http://www.menweb.org/circtom.htm

Babies Remember Pain - Dr. David Chamberlain: https://birthpsychology.com/journals/volume-3-issue-4/babies-remember-pain

Babies Remember Birth; The Significance of Birth Memories; and more by Dr. David Chamberlain: https://birthpsychology.com/person/david-b-chamberlain

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision



New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce ('foreskin')? The following are resources others have found useful when looking into the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point in a deeper investigation and further research for expecting parents today.

Functions of the Foreskin: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: http://www.drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter: http://www.savingsons.org/2012/07/circumcision-to-reduce-mens-sexual.html

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (if this matters to an individual - resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims): http://www.drmomma.org/2011/01/faith-considerations-on-circumcision.html

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals): http://www.drmomma.org/2007/01/circumcision-studies.html

Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world: http://www.drmomma.org/2014/08/medical-organization-position.html

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today: FB.com/IntactCare

Well researched books written on the subject: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below): http://vimeo.com/26130057

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story: http://youtu.be/SeAXantm4tE

Intact Care: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/06/how-to-care-for-intact-penis-protect.html
Circumcision Care: http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 

Gomco: http://www.savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Plastibell: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/08/plastibell-infant-circumcision.html [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics: Circumcised and Intact: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/cut-vs-intact-outcome-statistics.html

Men speak on the subject: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487363627949430.115346.166998263319303
Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources: http://www.savingsons.org/2009/10/foreskin-restoration.html

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor: http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6966989/the-real-reason-youre-circumcised

8 articles published at Psychology Today: http://www.savingsons.org/2011/10/psychology-today-circumcision-series.html

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: FB.com/FutureSons 
Private Discussion Group: FB.com/groups/FutureSons
Related items from others with circumcised sons: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/i-circumcised-my-son-healing-from.html 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com
Book by same title: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/how-male-circumcision-impacts-your-love.html

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/07/how-male-circumcision-impacts-women.html

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: www.AIDSCirc.org and the HIV resource page: http://www.drmomma.org/2014/01/hiv-aids-circumcision-resources.html

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html 

The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and 80 pages of materials) or "Expecting?" New parent packets (materials without the DVDs or full articles): http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-pack.html

Informational items: http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html

Questions? 

Email SavingSons@gmail.com at any time. We have several clinicians who volunteer their time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support SOS and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: http://www.savingsons.org/p/sponsor-son-waiting-list.html or give directly: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6VLETWSGSR22


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