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Intactivist Outcry Imposes Withdrawal of the AAP's Clitoral 'Nick'; the Turn of the 'Snip' Now!Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux Salem-News.com
The AAP recommends substituting an allegedly symbolic threat for castration of the clitoris.
(PARIS, France) - Were Dr Judith Palfrey, the President of the AAP, and Dr Errol Alden, its executive director, part of the Committee who decided the appalling last AAP's policy statement, we do not know. However, under strong intactivist pressure, they both opposed what has to be considered a gross violation of the right to autonomy and physical integrity of little Afro-American girls, and obtained the abandonment of the disputed policy:
However, in the statement that provoked that scandal (see the link to it in our preceding article on the topic: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/june032010/female-circumcision-aap-hn.php), the AAP's Committee admitted the fact that circumcision is more extensive than the clitoris pinprick.
Moreover, joining the small group of American "DOCS Against Circumcision" (http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/), the Dutch Royal Association of medicine has just issued a policy statement that strongly deters from circumcision:
"The official viewpoint of KNMG and other related medical/scientific organisations is that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision can cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. KNMG is therefore urging a strong policy of deterrence. KNMG is calling upon doctors to actively and insistently inform parents who are considering the procedure of the absence of medical benefits and the danger of complications."
The Dutch Royal medical association so is the first in the world to take a stance in favour of "a powerful policy of deterrence" motivated by: "children’s rights… not (to) be subjected to medical proceedings that have no therapeutic or preventative value", "complications, both minor and serious, which can occur as a result of circumcising a child", and at last the concern to suppress the "discrepancy" between excision and circumcision, "as the two have a number of similarities".
Shouldn't the AAP also advise its members and the general public against non-medical circumcision?
Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux is an Independent psychoanalysis researcher (Chercheur indépendant en psychanalyse) based in Paris, France, who works with Salem-News.com to help raise awareness of the massive societal problems connected to the blindly accepted, mutilating practice of circumcision. He says, "Non violence is as fundamental as violence, love and hatred, justice and injustice. But power is at the tip of the tongue and the sweet violence of speech, if one takes hold of it, can silence weapons."
(La non violence est aussi fondamentale que la violence, l'amour et la haine, le juste et l'injuste. Mais le pouvoir est au bout de la langue et la douce violence de la parole, si l'on s'en empare, peut faire taire les armes.)
Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux is also known as Sigismond.
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