Sunday, August 2, 2015

Men Speak: When I see a circumcision video...


When I see a circumcision video, I see myself being strapped down to a cold board.  
When I hear a baby shrieking in pain, I imagine that I must have shrieked the same way while someone's hands ran a blade across my genitals.  
And each time, I am reminded that this was an intentional wound. A wound that was discussed, planned, bought, and sold.  
And yet I am forced to face the reality that there will never be justice for victims such as I. 
                                                                                -Jonathon Conte, Bay Area Intactivists

Graphic by David Bernstein

More Men Speakhttps://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487363627949430.115346.166998263319303

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Do Not Retract Information Pack



If you or your loved one has found yourself subjected to the malpractice that is forced retraction, you may request that an information pack be sent to the retracting clinician here. Packs are sent by professionals in health care who volunteer time with Saving Our Sons and cost approximately $4 in printed materials and shipping. You may include a note with your donation toward this cost, or email SavingSons@gmail.com with details of what occurred. Please be sure to include the retracting physician or nurse's name, practice, and mailing address, whenever available.




If you are not able to cover the $4 cost, please email SavingSons@gmail.com with your request. To help in covering 'Don't Retract' packs that others request and are unable to fund, you may do so here or by mail to the address below: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6VLETWSGSR22 Our goal is to correspond directly with all physicians and nursing staff who are known to be forcibly retracting their young clients. However, SOS operates exclusively by volunteers and donation, and requests often exceed funding.

In the past we have received a number of responses from physicians and nursing staff, thanking us for this material, for its respectful delivery, and including notations that a change in their practice has been made. Often, retraction is occurring simply because this is what was taught in medical or nursing school, or because a health care professional picked up the practice from someone they were apprenticing under. It is typically a problem of training, not willful damage. 

Items in the clinician's packs include:

1) A cover letter encouraging the physician to review current protocol for the sake of his/her patients, and a note about the retraction epidemic.

2) The current American Academy of Pediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital (Australia), and Canadian Paediatric Society's statements on intact care.

3) Citations to practicing physicians' work - those who have composed further articles on the subject matter.

4) An oversized intact care card with bullet points for review.

5) An oversized medical organizations statement card with circumcision positions from around the world.

6) An invitation to join fellow clinicians at Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy.

7) Contact information for local leaders, as well as Saving Our Sons, should there be questions, critique, or desire for further correspondence.

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All of these items are those that parents can obtain online or compose as well. If you are writing your own letter and would like to include the oversized cards listed above, they are available at the SOS materials page: SavingSons.org/p/info-cards.html

AAP statement on intact care: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/bathing-skin-care/Pages/Care-for-an-Uncircumcised-Penis.aspx

RCH statement on intact care: http://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Penis_and_foreskin_care

CPS statement on intact care: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/circumcision

The AAP, RCH and CPS statements are also currently linked at SOS here: https://www.facebook.com/SavingOurSons/photos/a.1010719722280482.1073741845.166998263319303/998172123535242

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


Forced Retraction? What to do now:



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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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