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The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.


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"What's done to children, they will do to society."

Karl Menninger, psychiatrist

"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."

Justin Call, M.D., pediatrician

"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."

Paul Fleiss, M.D., pediatrician

"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."

Eugene Robin, M.D., professor

"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."

Lenore Terr, M.D., child psychiatrist

"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."

Mahatma Gandhi

"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

Contact: Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 617-523-0088
Email: crc@circumcision.org
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http://www.circumcision.org

 
Circumcision is Exception to American Academy of Pediatrics
Pain Policy for Newborn Infants
 

BOSTON – February 25, 2016 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an updated policy on the prevention and management of procedural pain in newborn infants in the February Pediatrics journal. It advises the goal of the prevention of pain in newborn infants because of ethical considerations and the potentially harmful neurological effects of pain.  

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., psychologist and executive director of the Circumcision Resource Center, a nonprofit educational organization in Boston, notes a serious conflict between the policy and the practice of circumcision. "We have known for many years that circumcision is extremely painful and traumatic for the newborn infant. Studies confirm this, and it is obvious to observers. There is no medical need for circumcision. It is elective, non-therapeutic, cosmetic genital surgery. To comply with this policy on pain, pediatricians should strongly advise against circumcisions and refuse to do them."  Dr. Goldman is the author of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective.

Goldman also notes that circumcision conflicts with the AAP Committee on Bioethics report which states, "Pediatric health care providers … have legal and ethical duties to their child patients to render competent medical care based on what the patient needs, not what someone else expresses… .[T]he pediatrician's responsibilities to his or her patient exist independent of parental desires or proxy consent." For these reasons, some physicians and nurses refuse to circumcise for ethical reasons.

"Circumcision is an exception to basic principles of medical practice," states Goldman, "such as, 'First, do no harm.' In addition to pain and trauma, circumcision results in behavioral effects on infants, disruption of the mother-child bond, and sexual and psychological harm to men based on studies and surveys." 

Aside from Muslims, only about 10% of the world's males are circumcised. Various foreign national medical organizations have policies opposing circumcision, recognizing that it removes a natural, healthy, functioning body part.


About CRC
The Circumcision Resource Center has the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male circumcision. Its mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male circumcision information for parents and children's advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others. Dr. Goldman has participated in over 200 media interviews with local and national radio and television programs, newspapers, and periodicals. He also gives lectures and seminars on circumcision and counsels parents and circumcised men.
 
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