With the formation of Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.), we are proposing to end routine neonatal circumcision in America. D.O.C., a rapidly growing organization of doctors, intends to bring out the facts about this tragic practice.
Why Doctors Will Stop Performing Circumcisions
All nonreligious circumcisions in the U.S. are performed by doctors, who will soon be unwilling to perform this painful, contraindicated procedure. Why?
Already, an evergrowing number of physicians are opposed to routine neonatal circumcision. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They recognize that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn.
Routine circumcisions have been found to violate not only the Golden Rule, but the first tenet of medical practice, First, Do No Harm. Amazingly, circumcision violates all seven Principles of the A.M.A. Code of Ethics.
Circumcision is not surgery, by definition. Surgical procedures have been defined as: repair of wounds, extirpation of diseased organs or tissue, reconstructive surgery, and physiologic surgery (i.e. sympathectomy). Routine circumcision does not fall into any of these categories. Therefore, routine infant male circumcision is not a valid surgical procedure. Doctors' licenses do not permit them to cut people unless they are performing surgery, nor may they harm their patients.
America has the highest rate of AIDS in the industrialized world, and is the only major country which circumcises a majority of its males. Is there a connection? We do not know. Before a doctor performs a circumcision, must he not have the answer to this question: might this baby have an increased risk of AIDS as the result of circumcision?
American men are now documenting the harm that has been done to them by doctors who operated on them without their consent. The bizarre practice of having parents tell a doctor whether and when to operate occurs nowhere else in medicine. According to modern medical ethics, parents do not have the right to consent to a procedure that is not in their son's best interests. The removal of a healthy, normal part of the male sexual organ is not in their son's best interests.
The Courage to Change
Why has this behavior continued in the face of overwhelming evidence that circumcision violates a basic human right the right to an intact body? In order for a doctor to stop circumcising babies, he or she must take a courageous step.
The doctor must recognize that what has been done in the past was not in the best interest of the infant, and he must say, "I will not circumcise any more babies." Many doctors have already taken that step, and we honor them. Those who lack the courage to change continue to circumcise.
Many victims of circumcision have moved past denial, and have refused to permit this procedure to be done to their sons. Over the past 25 years, some 60 million American parents have had the courage to refuse circumcision for their sons.
George C. Denniston M.D., M.P.H.
President, D.O.C. (Doctors Opposing Circumcision)
2442 NW Market St. -- Suite 42
Seattle, WA 98107
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