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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."
"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."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
"The grandest privilege of those who have the means is to alleviate suffering."
Fig. 2 Circumcision with the Gomco Clamp
The Gomco clamp is commonly used to perform circumcisions. It consists of three parts: a metal plate with a hole at one end, a round metal cap, and a screw device. The foreskin is first separated from the glans and cut lengthwise to expose the glans (A). Then the cap is placed over the glans (B). The foreskin is stretched up over the cap and tied securely to the cap handle (C). The hole at the end of the plate is placed over the cap and foreskin, and the flange on the handle is fitted into a groove in the screw device (D). Turning the screw device forces the cap against the hole and squeezes the foreskin. This squeezing prevents bleeding. The the foreskin is cut off (E). The clamp remains in place at least five minutes to allow for clotting before it is removed.