Making America Safe for Foreskins


Two Mindsets


From a conversation with a midwife who circumcises babies:

     "If there were anything about circumcision that would make you stop circumcising babies, would you want to be aware of it?"
     "No."


From a conversation with Marilyn Milos, RN, founder and Executive Director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers:

     "Was that too heavy? Would you rather I hadn't told you that? Are there some aspects of the circumcision issue you'd rather not be aware of?"
     "No -- I want to be aware of everything."


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A Suggestion for Settling the Infant
Circumcision Dispute Once and for All


To the American Academy of Pediatrics (4/18/88):
     I read in a recent newsletter of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers that the American Academy of Pediatrics is reconsidering its position on infant circumcision.
     There is a way to determine -- quickly, easily and with great certainty -- exactly what the Academy's position on that amputation should be.
     Ask your friends and colleagues whose foreskins are intact how they feel about that fact -- and why -- and how they feel about the idea of having -- or of ever having had -- their foreskins cut off -- to "protect" them from AIDS, urinary tract infections or anything else -- and the only position possible for an organization whose members subscribe to the "Do no harm" ethic to have about the foreskin of a baby -- or anyone else -- should become perfectly clear.

cc:
     Edgar Schoen, MD, Chairman, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee Revaluating Infant Circumcision
     Officers/Executive Boards: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
     Aaron Fink, MD; James Roberts, MD; Thomas Wiswell, MD