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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
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"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."
"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."
"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."
"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."
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"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
Circumcision Advocates Fear Debate with Critics
It has been observed that when circumcision advocates have a speaking platform, they make efforts to avoid debate and limit or prevent critics from participating in the discussion. Perhaps they are aware that their position does not withstand knowledgeable scrutiny.
In 2017 Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center, was scheduled to participate in a video circumcision discussion on an internationally syndicated talk show. The pro-circumcision person was to be Jeffrey Klausner, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, a leading advocate in the use of medical male circumcision for HIV and STD prevention, and a frequent advisor to the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization. Dr. Klausner cancelled without explanation three hours before the scheduled start of the program. He was the second person invited to join the debate.
The first person invited to be on the show was Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., who has lectured at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Halperin is an outspoken proponent of circumcision and seeks to expand its practice in other countries. He as served as senior HIV prevention advisor at USAID. His work has focused on the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmited diseases, and he is co-author of a book on the subject. His decision to decline participation led to Dr. Klausner’s invitation.
In 2013 Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., was invited to participate in a written debate in a national newspaper. The pro-circumcision advocate was to be Susan Blank, M.D., chairperson of the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision. Dr. Blank soon changed her mind about participating. The producer had to ask a few other circumcision advocates before one agreed to be part of the debate.
In 2012 another circumcision critic was on a radio show. The show producers had tried to get someone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to be on the show with the critic to speak in support of circumcision. They could not find anyone who would accept the invitation.
In 2010 Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., was scheduled to be a studio guest on a Boston talk radio program to discuss circumcision. The program also invited Daniel Halperin, Ph.D. When Dr. Halperin learned that Dr. Goldman would also be on the program, he cancelled his participation.
Previously, Carole Lannon, M.D., the chairperson of the 1999 American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision, was asked to be on an NPR talk show. When she learned that Dr. Goldman was also asked to participate, she threatened to cancel her appearance unless the show’s format was changed to limit Dr. Goldman’s participation and prevent him from speaking directly to Dr. Lannon.
In recent years professional conferences dealing with HIV/AIDS have had sessions for circumcision advocates to speak. Circumcision critics are routinely prevented from participating.
There is nothing scientific about a process that excludes opposing views.
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