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Downloadable Hourlong Interview With Steven Overviews Movement

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December 17, 2017

On April 3, 2016, Steven Svoboda appeared on the "Maria Sanchez Show." Maria is a longtime friend of ARC and intactivism; Steven and Maria did their first show together way back in the year 2003. Their last previous show aired in July 2014.

In this hour-long show, one of Steven's longest ever media appearances, released by Maria as a downloadable podcast available at http://bbsradio.com/podcast/shadow-politics-april-3-2016/, Steven overviewed some recent achievements by ARC in the 1.75 years since his last show with Maria as well as developments relating to the struggle to protect children's right to bodily integrity:

1) ARC has several articles coming out shortly, including one jointly written by Steven and ARC Legal Advisor Peter Adler, along with Bob Van Howe. Steven believes it will be the longest general article he has published on the topic. The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics will be publishing it along with the other proceedings from the October 2013 pediatric ethics conference in Charleston, South Carolina, where our arguments convinced two physicians on the panel to switch positions to our side and where we left our debate opponent, Michael Brady of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), unable to respond to our arguments. Steven and Bob Van Howe also have an article taking a new approach to analyzing the ethics of circumcision whose publication is also imminent. More details on both papers soon.

2) Steven discussed "the rights of the child vs. the rights of the parents" at the Genital Autonomy conference held in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2015. Groundbreaking panel discussions of genital autonomy featured Steven along with Soraya Mire, Marilyn Milos, and (at the first event) Hida Viloria, in enthusiastically received events in Berkeley, California in May 2015 and December 2015.  ARC was also represented by Tim Hammond at the 29th Palm Springs Pride Festival in November 2015, and Steven appeared in December 2015 on Linda Gross' Men's Advocate radio show.

3) December 2014 marked the appearance of the draft regulations of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), to which ARC issued a press release on the same day the regulations were released.  In January 2015, ARC and Intact America published a joint response to the CDC draft regulations.arclaw.org/our-work/letters/response-intact-america-and-attorneys-rights-child-centers-disease-control-and-prev Peter published an important article on the CDC draft regulations in the International Journal of Children's Rights.

4) In July 2014, ARC's "know your rights" video was filmed by James Loewen, starring ARC Board Member David Llewellyn with an introduction of David by Steven, and in September 2014 it was released on our website.

5) Along with many other organizations, ARC helped push through the US' first human rights accountability law, California's AB 15.  In other legislative activity, ARC Legal Advisor Peter Adler testified in February 2015 at a hearing on a New Hampshire bill introduced to stop Medicaid funding for male circumcision.

6) In November 2014, Steven was honored by Intact America as "Intactivist of the Month" and shortly thereafter, in February 2015, ARC Webmaster Jonathan Friedman received the same honor.

7) ARC published several newsletter during this period, summarizing important news from throughout the world of activism to protect genital autonomy.

8) In September 2015, the Canadian Paediatric Society issued its position statement on circumcision, and ARC again issued a press release that same day responding to this development.

Generally, Steven discussed the continuing process by which the movement is broadening and deepening and diversifying and gaining new soldiers.The radio show was conducted before the latest good news, the UK legal case upholding children's rights that came down earlier this month thanks to James Chegwidden's hard work. We are winning!

 

ARC Participates in Palm Springs Pride

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Tim Hammond educates passerby

Palm Springs Pride was celebrated on Sunday, November 6th with a morning parade and an afternoon festival. At Last year's Pride, ARC had an information booth organized and funded by Tim Hammond and staffed be a few local volunteers. Lacking the funds for a booth this year, two-thirds of the local intactivist group took to the streets to leaflet the festival-goers; that is to say two of the three members were there. Tim and Joe wore the traditional black and white 'Intact Genitals are a Human Right' t-shirt and stood in a shaded but busy corner of downtown Palm Springs handing out general information cards, as well as flyers supporting the Kickstarter program of the new documentary 'American Circumcision.'

Departing from our previously aggressive technique of handing out as many cards as we could, we decided that our t-shirt messages were enough to draw the people who needed to be drawn to us. Tim also sneakily fanned himself with a card in one hand to beat the desert heat while with the other hand he offered cards to passersby with the question 'would you like a little fan?'. Festival-goers appreciatively accepted the cards.

What we lacked in high volume distribution of cards we more than made up for in high quality connections. Tim spent 20 minutes talking with Louanne and Gerry, Louanne admitting that she was a physician at the local hospital and who does do some circumcisions, but she spends a lot of time counseling and deterring parents from the practice (with a high degree of success). Tim mentioned that Doctors Opposing Circumcision's new website has very valuable information and resources for physicians like her. She's also involved with the local medical school and residency programs and said she was interested to have someone talk to medical students on this issue.

One resident, originally from Britain and wearing a 'Che Guevara' t-shirt, pronounced how barbaric he found the American custom of infant circumcision to be. He admitted that it was not until he met his Jewish husband that he had ever encountered a circumcised penis. He seemed adamant that people need to work harder to eradicate the custom. Tim gave him one of our local intactivist business cards and invited him to join our monthly planning meetings.

Later, both Tim and Joe scored important connections with local high school students. On Tim's side of the street, a group of students wearing rainbow tie-dyed G.S.A. (Gay Straight  Alliance) t-shirts accepted cards from him. When he asked them if they ever have outside groups come to speak to the group, they said yes, so Tim discussed the issue of children's genital autonomy with them. They seemed quite interested and gave him the information he needed to talk to the group's organizer about scheduling a speaking engagement.  Meanwhile, on Joe's side of the street, a woman from the Desert Sands Unified School District approached him to discuss his t-shirt. She seemed very interested and passionate about the issue and gave Joe her business card and asked us to get in touch with her about making a presentation on the issue to local high schools.

All of this wonderful interaction occurred in the brief space of two hours on one intersection in a city in the middle of a desert. This day was a strong reminder that we don't always need large groups of intactivists to have a big impact. Sometimes it's the quality of our connections, rather than quantity of leaflets we distribute, that can be the true measure of a successful intactivist presence.
 

ARC's Peter Adler Publishes CDC Article

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December 17, 2016

ARC is proud to announce that our Legal Advisor, Peter Adler, has published his article critiquing the December 2014 draft circumcision regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "The Draft CDC Circumcision Recommendations: Medical, Ethical, Legal, and Procedural Concerns," in the Spring 2016 issue of the International Journal of Children's Rights (IJCR).

Surprisingly, the IJCR violated accepted ethical standards for journals by also publishing in the same issue a response to Peter's article that is actually longer than Peter's article without informing him the reply was coming and without giving him an opportunity to respond to it. The response is titled, "Critical Evaluation of Adler's Challenge to the CDC's Male Circumcision Recommendations," and is authored by Beth E. Rivin, Douglas S. Diekema, Anna C. Mastroianni, John N. Krieger, Jeffrey D. Klaussner, and Brian J. Morris. Morris is of course the Australian author who is notorious for self-citation and for bullying journals and authors with whom he disagrees. Diekema is the ethicist associated with the American Academy of Pediatrics who was an unofficial second opponent of Steven's at the 2013 pediatric ethics debate in Charleston, South Carolina, the paper from which (written by Steven, Peter, and Bob Van Howe) was published in July 2016 by the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Both Peter's paper and the Rivin reply can be found at http://arclaw.org/announcements/arcs-peter-adler-publishes-article-cdc-g....

 

Red Pill Film Release

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Steven Svoboda, filmmaker Cassie Jaye, Warren Farrell, and Fred Hayward
(left to right) Steven Svoboda, filmmaker Cassie Jaye, Warren Farrell, and Fred Hayward, taken at a red carpet ceremony that preceded the showing.

ARC Executive Director Steven Svoboda participated in a question and answer session following a showing on November 1, 2016 of Cassie Jaye's excellent new film about the men's movement including activism for genital integrity, "The Red Pill."  www.imdb.com/title/tt3686998/  Steven appears briefly in the film prior to a very effective showing of a portion of a video of an infant circumcision. The men's movement's leading author Warren Farrell, who is prominently featured in the film, Cassie Jaye and Steven answered audience questions for about a half hour following the film, which was shown by Berkeley's Shattuck Cinemas. 

Warren and Steven appeared again that Sunday, November 6, along with Joe Manthey and Fred Hayward, who are also both prominently featured in "The Red Pill," at the Smith Theater (http://rafaelfilm.cafilm.org) in San Rafael, California. Cassie Jaye and Steven answered audience questions for about an hour afterward.

Charleston Debate Audio Leaked to the Public

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(l. to r.) Steven Svoboda, Eric Graham, Michael Brady, and Stan Block

December 17, 2016

Filmmaker Brendon Marotta, director of the upcoming movie "American Circumcision," has very generously worked with ARC this fall to prepare releases by Gotnews.com of audio clips in part, and the full audio recording from the second day of a debate in Charleston, South Carolina between ARC’s J. Steven Svoboda and Dr. Michael Brady of The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Circumcision task force.  The event was the Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, held on October 18-19, 2013 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

A special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics earlier in 2016 published the proceedings of the event, including an article by Svoboda, Peter W. Adler, and Robert S. Van Howe, titled, "Circumcision is Unethical and Unlawful” which can be found here: http://arclaw.org/resources/articles/circumcision-unethical-and-unlawful.

The two day forum was successful in engaging students and other attendees in this much needed conversation. They asked for themselves, and were witness to others’ important questions about how we decide where we draw our ethical lines.  Two physicians on the Charleston panel (there to debate other issues) even told Svoboda that they changed their positions to pro-intact based on the evidence argued by Svoboda and other human rights activists present.

The audio also demonstrates that the AAP may have lied in the past when claiming that circumcision does not reduce sexual sensation in the penis.  Event organizer and editor of the JLME special issue, Dr. Robert Sade, stated that the reduction in sensation is beneficial and preferred by men, and this statement was not challenged by Task Force members Brady and Diekema. 

The sad reality revealed by the recording is that doctors in charge of circumcision policy at the AAP use their bias to inform their work, and cannot see the issue in the light of the best interest of the children they are supposed to serve because they believe such absurdities as “men do not value their foreskins”.  A simple phrase uttered after a long point was made about the inappropriateness of using the risk benefit analysis when no action is actually necessary shows us that they will continue to use their own conditioned opinions in place of objective reasoning: “it’s better”.

Hear the full audio release here: http://arclaw.org/sites/default/files/qurt3dnk.mp3

New Credit Cards Will Donate With Every Purchase!

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ARC has partnered with the Charity Charge World MasterCard and with Halo Card Visa, two credit cards that donate 1% of every purchase you make to help in the fight for children's genital autonomy. Both cards work like any other credit card, the only difference isthat you’ll feel great knowing that you’re doing good by giving back 1% of every purchase.

There's no annual fee to the cardholder, low introductory interest rates, cash back rewards are tax deductible to the cardholder, and the rewards are automatically donated to ARC.

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We hope you'll decide to make giving back to ARC part of everyday life by signing up for the Charity Charge World MasterCard or the Halo Card Visa (or both) today. Visit the Donate tab on ARC's website to learn more and to apply.  Thank you for supporting Attorneys for the Rights of the Child!