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September 12, 2012

Group stages protest of circumcision

By Chris Jackett
C & G Staff Writer

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Group stages protest of circumcision
Norm Cohen leads a Sept. 1 anti-circumcision protest in front of Beaumont Hospital’s Royal Oak campus. Cohen, the Michigan director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers of Michigan, was protesting medical statistics and practices regarding circumcision.

ROYAL OAK — Any decision involving the modification of male genitalia is an extremely personal one.

The debate between the pros and cons of circumcision received a spark Sept. 1 after a group of 42 people representing the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) protested outside of Beaumont Hospital in opposition of circumcision of infant boys.

“We were protesting the (American Academy of Pediatrics’) decision released Aug. 27 that said the health benefits outweigh the risks,” said Norm Cohen, state director of NOCIRC of Michigan. “We feel they did this to protect the insurance. They say the benefits outweigh the risks, but they aren’t able to really quantify the risks. If the rate continues to fall, the insurance company would see this as an elective procedure they’d not have to pay.”

Cohen claimed that more than 1,900 boys are circumcised at Beaumont Hospital each year and more than 51,000 (87 percent) have the procedure done annually throughout Michigan at a cost of $13 million. He said the decision of such a body modification should be held off until the individual is 18 years old and can decide on his own.

“Michigan has the highest rate of circumcisions in the western world,” Cohen said. “We feel this is an unnecessary intrusion on the life of a little boy without their consent. They’re not experts in anatomy. They’re not experts in men’s health.”

Although Cohen finds fault with the numbers and the proposed health benefits, Beaumont Pediatrician Dr. Marlene Roth said the facts are the summary of more than 100 international studies and reports that found, as a whole, circumcision helps prevent herpes, AIDS, HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and newborn infections.

“The research and statistics show there is a health benefit,” Roth said. “(The American Academy of Pediatrics) published it, but said there’s still not anything definite to recommend one way or another. My personal opinion is it’s hygienic and it’s fine, but I always leave it up to the parents.”

Roth said there are a variety of issues factored into the decision of circumcisions, but religion and personal beliefs are the largest ones. She said bleeding and infection are the only risks involved, both of which are easier to manage with infant circumcisions than adult circumcisions.

“It’s a painful procedure for a baby,” Roth said. “There’s a risk of infection, a risk of infection with circumcision. That’s brought up a lot. They’re pretty rare. The bleeding and infection are quite rare.”

As for the benefits, Roth said circumcision decreases the chances of contracting herpes by 28-34 percent and genital warts by 30-40 percent.

“Heterosexual HIV transmission decreased by 40-60 percent in Africa,” Roth said. “You present the facts, and, unfortunately for people who don’t want circumcisions, the facts say there are health benefits.”

Roth said a common misconception she’s heard is that uncircumcised sexually active adults will gain sensitivity if they have the procedure performed.

“The penis is more sensitive when it’s circumcised, which has not been proven,” Roth said. “(The report) is conclusive in the disease risks, but not the sensitivity, which a lot of people bring up.

“If you get it done later, there’s suturing involved and you’re going to have to get stitches.”

She said there are more people opting to remain uncircumcised than in years past, although the majority of parents still choose to have the procedure done on their infant boys.

Beaumont Children’s Hospital leaves the decision to parents and encourages them to discuss the options with their doctors.

For more information from both sides, visit www.beaumontchildrens hospital.com and www.NOCIRCofMI.org.

 

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Chris Jackett at cjackett@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1110.

Norm & Michigan Nocirc, thank you for going public with this! They brand men like a herd of cows. “Neonatal post-traumatic stress disorder” — the recurrent American nightmare for boys. American men are such wimps to let their sons be subjected to this absurd surgery. If it were women tied down & cut, the Feminists would be howling all over the world. The male genitals are a cheap commodity. There is no argument too absurd for the circumcisers. They insult the appearance of the intact penis, claim that circumcision heals everything from body warts to HIV, and draw an illogical distinction between female & male genitals. Circumcision is the mark of a slave, not a free man. It will be up to merciful mothers to spare their sons this humiliation. With a few exceptions, most circumcised men are so defensive & narcissistic they'll never own up to their loss.

Top Ten Tortures Less Painful Than Circumcision

10. Get waterboarded.
9. Pull out your fingernails.
8. Eat a pile of steaming bear crap.
7. Skin yourself alive.
6. Fall into a vat of molten iron.
5. Get run over by a train.
4. Go through a sausage grinder.
3. Saw off your legs.
2. Poke out your eyes.
1. Go To Hell

Circumcision: Identity, Gender, and Power By Miriam Pollack © 2011
Citation: Pollack, Miriam. 2011. "Circumcision: Identity, Gender, and Power." Tikkun 26(3). Published at DrMomma.org with author's permission.

“snip-snip” (2005) @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KPmGS3sRok includes a graphic video of the gruesome surgery.

'She said bleeding and infection are the only risks involved, both of which are easier to manage with infant circumcisions than adult circumcisions....“The bleeding and infection are quite rare.”'

But "bleeding" (haemmorhage) is much more life-threatening in a baby, who can only afford to lose 35ml (two tablespoons) of blood before he needs a transfusion. There is a tiny artery near the intended wound-site that can easily be nicked, and modern diapers can easily conceal that little blood. "Infection" can include deadly MRSA. An adult can keep an eye on his own bleeding and infection, as a baby can't.

And those are not the only risks:
aesthetic damage
- skin-bridges
- skin-tags
- scarring
- unevenness
- excessive skin removed
phimosis
hairy shaft
meatal stenosis (narrowing of the urinary opening, very common)
meatal ulcer
de-gloving
urethrocutaneous fistula
infection
- MRSA
- hepatitis
- tetanus
- bladder infections
– septic arthritis
neuroma
blockage of the urethra
buried penis
penoscrotal webbing
deformity
necrotising fasciitis (galloping gangrene - very rare)
priapism
gastric rupture
oxygen deprivation
clamp injuries/plastibell ring injuries
loss of glans
ablation (removal) of the penis
death – from
- haemorrhage
- infection
- anaesthesia

Though most of those are rare, where circumcision is common, they mount up, and the scandal is that the AAP didn't bother to measure most of them before pronouncing that "the benefits outweigh the risks". See http://tinyurl.com/aapanno

There is also inevitalble
breach of bodily integrity
breach of human rights
breach of property rights
loss of erogenous value
and he may just hate what was done to him. (http://www.circumstitions.com/Resent.html#other)

Wow lots of things wrong with Roths statement. First of all there are more than two risks involved with circumcision the MOST important being death! Seriously more than 200 boys die each year from circumcision. And condoms help prevent AIDS and STD'S not cutting off a functional part of the body. Also since when is it easier to take care of a wound when you are constantly wiping poop off of it? Than an adult male showering and putting ointment on it!? Um hello, "... as an adult you require stitches... " you would if you got your gallbladder removed too or had elective surgery for weight loss or breast augmentation or penis enlargement. Did this person even think before speaking! Just sad. Please check out Savingoursons.org and intact.org very important. You can choose to alter your body at the age of 18 with tattoos, piercings, body augmentation. Please educated your children on your beliefs and let them decide for themselves. I have an intact boy who has not had one problem medicine cannot cure. Let our children decide with gentle guidance what to do with THEIR bodies. They will thank you for it!!

In summary, Dr. Roth basically said "If you circumcise your son, he can still get HIV and STDs." If a circumcised man can still get all the STDs that an uncircumcised man can get, what's the point in circumcision? It seems the only people who benefit from infant circumcision are the doctors like Roth who are paid to perform it.

In summary, Dr. Roth basically said "If you circumcise your son, he can still get HIV and STDs." If a circumcised man can still get all the STDs that an uncircumcised man can get, what's the point in circumcision? It seems the only people who benefit from infant circumcision are the doctors like Roth who are paid to perform it.

A correction in the 3rd paragraph is in order: "If the rate continues to fall, the insurance companies would see this as an elective procedure they'd *NOT* have to pay for."

Norm Cohen
Director
NOCIRC of Michigan