Sunday, October 7, 2012

To Germany: Before signing the new proposed Circumcision Law


Respected Sabine Leutheusser, German Minister of Justice,

The proposed new circumcision law is illegal as it undermines the right to physical integrity and the religious freedom of male children.

Signing this law will allow any other special group to request any concessions under the umbrella of religious freedom, such as the Muslim groups that practice sunat, female circumcision.

This law also sets male children as an unprotected minority, where the Basic Law guarantees equal protection for all citizens.

In countries such as the United States, where circumcision is culturally tolerated (even with the disguise of medical benefits), many men are physically and psychologically hurt from it. Just visit http://circumcisionharm.org for testimonials and results of a recent survey, including photographic evidence of the damage.

Sorrels et al, in 2007, found that "the glans of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the glans of the uncircumcised penis. The transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis. Circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis." (Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis)

J.R. Taylor, 2003, found that "Skin and mucosa sufficient to cover the penile shaft was frequently missing from the circumcised penis. Missing tissue included a band of ridged mucosa located at the junction of true penile skin with smooth preputial mucosa. This ridged band contains more Meissner's corpuscles than does the smooth mucosa and exhibits features of specialized sensory mucosa" and concluded that "Circumcision also ablates junctional mucosa that appears to be an important component of the overall sensory mechanism of the human penis." (The prepuce: specialized mucosa of the penis and its loss to circumcision)

From this it is very clear that circumcision of neonates ALWAYS causes permanent and irreversible bodily damage that is very difficult to justify under the guise of "potential medical benefits".

The document "Neonatal Male circumcision global review" of UNAIDS states that "some of the serious complications that can occur during the procedure include death from excess bleeding and amputation of the glans penis. Postoperative complications include the formation of skin bridges between the shaft and the glans, infection, urinary retention (this has caused deaths), meatal ulcer, impetigo, fistulas, loss of penile sensitivity, sexual dysfunction and oedema of the glans." They also acknowledge that the frequency of complications is "underestimated because events occuring after the discharge are not captured [in the discharge sheet]" and sometimes are treated at a different hospital.

So besides the bodily damage and loss of functions of the foreskin, circumcision of neonates and children always exposes the children to very real, non-trivial risks which can be as catastrophic as the death of the patient, even in medical settings. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (2007) the current official estimate in the United States is of 1 death in 500,000 circumcisions (Circumcision: Position Paper on Neonatal Circumcision). This means that in the United States we currently lose at least 2 or 3 lives every year due to the practice of cultural circumcision, given the estimate of 1.2 million neonate circumcisions per year.

This is what you are proposing as law. It is damaging and detrimental to the sexual and mental health of males. 

Attachments:

Adult who suffered partial glans amputation during neonate circumcision
Glans necrosis in a neonate
Skin loss during circumcision with plastibell
Necrotising fasciitis in a circumcised neonate
Adult with skin bridge caused by botched circumcision




Imagine if it was your son or your husband who suffered one of those conditions due to an unnecessary surgery.

Please, do not legalize a damaging procedure. It's against the Basic Law and against the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.



Image sources:

Global Survey of circumcision harm 

Circumstitions


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