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Article on Florida Case Mentions ARC, Intact America, DOC | 7/20/2014
An article appeared in Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper on July 19 summarizing the Florida case in which a mother is struggling to protect her nearly four-year-old son from the father's attempts to have him circumcised. About a third of the way through the article, work is acknowledged...
Zimbabwean Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Male Circumcision | 7/20/2014
A Zimbabwean Senator has introduced a law to ban male circumcision. The language used in support of the bill emphasized children's rights and described the practice as equivalent to genital mutilation.   Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Two Pieces of Good News: Israeli Ruling and Danish Medical Student Association Protect Boys | 7/1/2014
Two pieces of good news have recently come to pass.
June Update: Florida and Norway | 6/30/2014
There were a couple of sobering developments in the month of June. First, the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in Florida includes previously uncovered "benefits" including newborn circumcision.  That is, Medicaid funding for circumcision has been restored in Florida, which is...
FGC Prosecutions Moving Ahead in Spain and Australia | 6/4/2014
Criminal prosecutions have recently been started against practitioners of female genital cutting (FGC) in Barcelona, Spain and in Sydney, Australia. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child http://en.starafrica.com/news/spanish-court-sentences-gambian-couple-over-fgm.html
Sad news: Danish baby goes into coma after circumcision | 5/30/2014
A circumcision has led to terrible, potentially fatal complications in Denmark. The lamentable situation is drawing further attention to the dangers of the procedure. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child http://www.bt.dk/danmark/laege-omskaering-gik-helt-galt-i-nordvest-baby...
Disturbing Bill Needs to be Stopped: H.R. 4650, the “European Union Religious Freedom Act” Seeks to Protect Religious Circumcision in the European Union | 5/26/2014
Legislation was recently introduced by Texas Republcan Congressman Steve Stockman to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to, among other things, safeguard religiously based circumcision practices in the European Union. ARC is very concerned about this development and will be...
Egyptian Doctor Stands Trial for Illegal Genital Cutting that Caused Girl's Death | 5/26/2014
A physician is standing trial in Egypt for the death of a 13-year-old girl resulting from a circumcision performed in violation of a 2008 Egyptian law that forbids the practice. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Parents in ongoing legal battle over 3-year-old South Florida boy's circumcision | 5/20/2014
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The court fight continues for a 3-year-old boy whose father wants him to be circumcised, but his mother does not. At issue is a custody agreement they both signed, which stipulated that their son, Chase, would be circumcised under arrangements by the father, Dennis Nebus....
Florida Boy and Mother Fighting Judge's Pro-Circumcision Ruling | 5/14/2014
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child has learned that a family court in Florida ruled in favor of circumcising Chase, a healthy 3-1/2-year-old boy.  The decision was made against his mother's wishes, based on his father's desire to have him circumcised. The judge's decision...
Denmark's Health Board Issues New Circumcision Restrictions | 4/14/2014
The Board of Health in Denmark has issued new guidelines for circumcision providing that a doctor must be present when a circumcision is performed in Denmark. http://www.information.dk/telegram/494079 Here is the quite rough computer translation. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the...
Good News from Finland: Bill Being Passed to Ban or Limit Circumcision | 4/10/2014
Members of Parliament in Finland are seeking to pass legislation to ban circumcision outright or to limit it. Steven Svoboda Executive Director Attorneys for the Rights of the Child MPs Support Law Proposed to Ban Circumcision http://www.finlandtimes.fi/health/2014/04/03/5886/MPs-support-...
North Carolina Intersex Case Passes Legal Hurdle | 4/10/2014
The case of an adopted intersex boy who was castrated at birth by North Carolina doctors passes another legal hurdle. The doctors now have to be accountabele for their decision to castrate the boy even though they themselves noted that it was medically unnecessary. http://www.wyff4.com/news/dss-...
Pharmaceutical Company Selling Misbranded Foreskin-Derived Drug Products | 3/29/2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed against a pharmaceutical company for improperly selling foreskin-derived cosmeceuticals that were misbranded and unlawfully marketed.
Norwegian Nurses Seek Circumcision Ban | 3/29/2014
More good news from Europe: The Norwegian Nurses Union will stop performing circumcisions on their own without a ban. http://www.jta.org/2014/03/21/news-opinion/world/norwegian-nurses-seek-brith-milah-ban Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Steven Svoboda's Refutation of Brian Morris Published by JAMA Pediatrics | 3/21/2014
On March 3, 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics journal published a letter by J. Steven Svoboda in which he refutes claims previously published in JAMA Pediatrics by notorious circumcision advocate Brian Morris and colleague Aaron Tobian.
Council of Europe Debates Circumcision in Strasbourg | 1/30/2014
A momentous debate regarding circumcision took place on January 28, 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Video of the entire 100-minute debate is available here: Ronald Goldman of the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center and filmmaker Victor Schonfeld were among the...
Danish Doctors Call Circumcision Mutilation | 1/21/2014
The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) issued a document on January 20, 2014 in which they state that circumcision is a mutilation and a violation and should be legally banned.
Petition to Encourage Ruling in Support of Israeli Mother Being Coerced to Circumcise Her Son | 1/1/2014
A petition by lead author Ron Goldman was submitted with over 35,000 signatures to encourage the Israeli Supreme Court to rule in favor of a mother's right to protect her son from circumcision. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/471/926/988/support-mother-who-resists-court-order-to-circumcise-...
ARC Newsletter Published; Happy New Year | 1/1/2014
We are pleased to announce publication of the 29th issue of the ARC Newsletter, our Fall-Winter 2013 issue.
Lawsuit Claims Rabbi Botched 8-Day-Old's Circumcision | 12/27/2013
Adam Brandolph 412-391-0927 Staff Reporter Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Adam Brandolph Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:18 p.m. A Squirrel Hill rabbi botched a ritual circumcision, causing a “life-changing injury” to an 8-day-old boy, the parents of the child claim in a...
"In Search of Fatherhood" Magazine Continues to Promote ARC and Intactivism | 12/23/2013
In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring Steven Svoboda on the cover of their magazine, their latest Autumn 2013 issue, along with two other activists on other issues. The issue reprints the fourth and final installment of Svoboda's article, "The Limits of the Law:...
Israel's High Court Lifts Fine Aganst Woman for Keeping Son Intact | 12/20/2013
Israel's top court has put a hold on the daily fine previously imposed by a state rabbinical court of 500 shekels against a woman for keeping her son intact. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Israeli Court Fining Woman for Keeping Son Intact | 11/28/2013
An Israeli court has imposed a daily fine equivalent to $140 on a woman for keeping her son intact. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
More Good News from Europe: Norway May Ban Non-Medical Circumcision of Boys | 11/14/2013
In another positive development from Europe, Norway's Health Ministry is evaluating a proposal to regulate male circumcision. Here are two pertinent articles. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child http://rt.com/news/norway-ritual-circumcision-ban-644/ Norway May Ban Non-Medical...
ARC Submits Letter to the Spectator | 10/25/2013
On October 23, ARC sent a letter to the UK-based weekly political magazine The Spectator (www.spectator.co.uk) in response to Brendan O'Neill's article, "'The latest anti-Semitic cry: ban circumcision," which appeared in the Spectator on October 19 (www.spectator.co.uk/...
Charleston Report Published in ARC Newsletter | 10/25/2013
A detailed report appears in our newsletter issue Vol. 10, No.
More Good News: Nordic Sexology Association Upholds Children's Right to Bodily Integrity | 10/11/2013
On October 10, The Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology (NACS) issued a press release titled, "Statement on Non-Therapeutic Circumcision of Boys," clearly upholding children's right to bodily integrity and opposing male circumcision as impermissibly violating that right. Here is...
Intactivist Progress at the United Nations in Gaining Recognition of Male Infant Circumcision as a Human Rights Violation | 10/3/2013
As I learned in detail at the recent Keele conference, Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has been instrumental in some exciting developments that have taken place over the past year or so involving intactivism, human rights, and the United Nations. Antony kindly provided ARC with a...
Exciting News from Norway: Five Nordic Children's Ombudsmen Pass Resolution to Work for Ban On Non-Therapeutic Circumcision | 9/30/2013
A historic event occurred today in Oslo, Norway. In a meeting today, the children's ombudsmen from the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland), and the children's spokesperson from Greenland, in addition to representatives of associations of Nordic...
Good News from Sweden: Officials Denounce Male Circumcision, and Bill Introduced to Ban Circumcision | 9/28/2013
Two separate pieces of good news have come to us this week from Sweden. On September 24, Sweden's Ombudsman for Children as well as representatives of four leading Swedish physicians' organizations declared that no medical reason exists to circumcise boys, while the procedure causes a range...
Keele Conference Proves a Resounding Success | 9/27/2013
Genital Autonomy organized the two-day conference titled, "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments" and held at the University of Keele in England on September 16 and 17, 2013. This was one of the most pleasurable and productive meetings in which I have ever...
German Court Forbids Circumcision for Second Time | 9/27/2013
For the second time in a little more than a year, a German court has ruled in favor of a child's right to bodily integrity and against a parent's right to have a male circumcision performed on a child. A press release in German from the court regarding the case can be found here: 
Call-In Opportunity: Steven Appearing on WBAI Tomorrow, Sunday, 1PM-2PM EDT (10AM-11AM PDT) | 9/7/2013
I am appearing with host and longtime colleague and friend Shelton Walden on his show "Walden's Pond" tomorrow, Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 1PM-2PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), 10AM-11AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on WBAI, New York City's public radio station. The show can be...
"In Search of Fatherhood" Magazine Again Reprints Steven's Work | 8/31/2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring in their soon to be published Summer 2013 issue a reprint of part three of my article, "The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to Control Child Body Mutilation Practices....
Steven Speaking Regarding Germany at UK Conference in September | 8/31/2013
I will be speaking at the "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments" conference organized by Genital Autonomy to be held at the University of Keele in England on September 16 and 17. My presentation–co-authored by Holm Putzke and to be published by Springer...
Steven Appearing on WBAI This Sunday 1PM-2PM EDT (10AM-11AM PDT) | 8/29/2013
I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing with host and longtime colleague and friend Shelton Walden on his show "Walden's Pond" this Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 1PM EDT (10AM PDT), on WBAI, New York City's public radio station.  The show can be listened to live at...
Steven's and Bob Van Howe's Journal of Medical Ethics AAP Paper Attacked by Brian Morris in JME | 8/27/2013
Brian Morris and colleagues have published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) a paper attacking the paper published earlier this year in the JME by me and Bob Van Howe, which critically analyzed the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) 2012 position statement and technical report...
In Search of Fatherhood Again Reprints Steven's Work | 6/23/2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring in their recently published Spring 2013 issue a reprint of part two of my article, "The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to Control Child Body Mutilation Practices."...
South African Circumcision Results in $215,000 Award | 6/22/2013
The South African lawsuit resulting from the botched circumcision of a five-year-old boy has been decided in favor of the plaintiffs for R2.2 million or approximately US $215,000. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Baby Dies in Israeli Hospital Following Circumcision | 6/12/2013
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/baby-dies-in-israeli-hospital-following-circumcision/2013/06/07/ Baby Dies in Israeli Hospital following Circumcision The circumcision had actually been performed flawlessly, and apparently baby choked during feeding. By: Yori Yanover Published: June...
Million Dollar Lawsuit Filed After Botched South African Circumcision | 6/12/2013
Health dept sued for botched circumcision South Africa Friday 7 June 2013 The national and Mpumalanga health departments are being sued for R10.7 million after a botched circumcision in which a nine-year-old boy lost the tip of his penis. A correspondent reported on Friday that the boy, who...
Jury Awards $1.3 Million for Botched Circumcsion | 6/1/2013
A Chicago area family has won a jury award of $1.3 million in the case of a botched newborn circumcision. Below are two news stories on the award. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Steven's Human Rights Article Published by the Journal of Medical Ethics | 5/24/2013
The Journal of Medical Ethics has published my article, "Circumcision of Male Infants as a Human Rights Violation." This is part of the special issue on circumcision that also includes an article by Bob Van Howe and me about the AAP's position statement and technical report that drew...
Lawsuit Filed Regarding Genital Mutilation of Intersex Child | 5/22/2013
The Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the country's most well-known legal activism organizations, is representing the adoptive parents of an intersex child whose genitals were mutilated prior to the adoption.   The two articles below describe the lawsuit.   Steven Svoboda...
Steven Appearing on Los Angeles Radio Station | 4/23/2013
This Friday, April 26, 2013, from 9 AM to 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (noon to 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time), I will be appearing on Los Angeles-based Internet radio station LATalkRadio.com.
ARC's Legal Advisor Submits Response to AAP News Article | 4/23/2013
Attorney Peter Adler, ARC's Legal Advisor, submitted to the American Academy of Pediatrics' AAP News a response to Jeffrey L. Brown's recent article published in the April 2013 issue, "Medical-legal risks associated with circumcision of newborn males: need for revised consent....
ARC Sends Letter to Canadian Paediatric Society | 4/2/2013
On April 2, 2013, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child wrote to the Canadian Paedatric Society, urging the CPS to uphold children's rights to bodily integrity and genital autonomy in its policy statement on male circumcision, which is expected to appear within the next few months.
New ARC Fundraising Campaign for International Project | 3/27/2013
Our current project—perhaps one of our most important projects to date—is a paper we hope to use to advocate for legal changes in Germany with some intactivists with whom we are in contact there. The paper is being written for Springer and will update my well-received presentation in...
JME Article by Steven and Bob Van Howe Favorably Mentioned by the Jewish Press | 3/22/2013
Quoting from our press release, the Jewish Press favorably mentioned the article by me and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe that was recently published by the Journal of Medical Ethics. Apparently the Jewish Press is the only weekly newspaper read by most Orthodox Jews.
In Search of Fatherhood Issues Press Release Regarding ARC and Steven | 3/20/2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine has issued a press release today regarding ARC and regarding my work. While I was interviewed by the magazine for a 2009 cover article, more recently they have published reprints of a different article of mine in each of...
Contents of Special Issue on Ethics of Circumcision to Include Two Articles by Steven and by Robert Van Howe and One by Rob Darby | 3/19/2013
Oxford University's Practical Ethics Blog has issued an announcement (http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2013/03/announcement-journal-of-medical-ethics-special-issue-on-circumcision/) by the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) providing further information on the contents of the upcoming special...
ARC Releases List of Circumcision Lawsuits | 3/16/2013
ARC is proud to announce the release on our website of a list of circumcision-related lawsuits that resulted in a settement or a favorable decision for the plaintiffs. The list is available at www.arclaw.org/resources/settlements.
Lawsuit Alleges Botched Bris | 3/8/2013
Queens Infant Disfigured in Botched Bris, Lawsuit Charges A new lawsuit alleges that a boy suffered disfigurement in a botched bris performed in 2011, after which the rabbi attempted to deceive the father into believing that the bris was acceptably performed. To support the work of Attorneys for...
Canadian Pediatricians Poised to Follow AAP in Condoning Circumcision | 3/8/2013
As reported in the two articles reprinted below, Canada's leading association of pediatricians, the Canadian Paediatric Society, is apparently preparing to issue a position statement that will soften its previous opposition to the practice and will move it more in the direction of the current...
Steven's Upcoming Publications from the Journal of Medical Ethics | 3/8/2013
We are pleased to report that The Journal of Medical Ethics–published out of Oxford and reputedly the world's top journal on issues of medical ethics–is on the verge of publishing two new article
Steven's Debate with AAP's Dr. Michael Brady at Doctors' Ethical Conference | 3/8/2013
I spoke on October 18 at the Twentieth Annual Thomas A. Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, at the Medical University of South Carolina pursuant to a conference titled, "Ethical and Legal Issues in Pediatrics." I debated Dr. Michael Brady, a member of the AAP's Task Force on...
Austrian Circumcisers Face Criminal Charges | 12/16/2012
Two Austrian circumcisers, a rabbi and a mohel of Vienna, are facing criminal charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm. The charges mention the child's right to physical integrity, the absence of informed consent, and that religious motivation does not excuse the wrongful act. The...
German Bill Passed Legalizing Infant Male Circumcision | 12/15/2012
In the wake of the landmark legal decision this past June in Cologne, German legislators have passed a bill specifically allowing infant male circumcision.  As pointed out by German activist Meike Beier, it is extremely noteworthy that 100 legislators voted against the bill, with another 46...
German Pediatric Association Cites ARC in Statement to Parliament Attacking Circumcision; ARC Newsletter to Publish Complete Translation and Analysis of Statement | 11/28/2012
Germany’s official Paediatric Association, the Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärtze (BVKJ), has joined the Dutch Medical Association and broken its silence on infant circumcision – scoring two major points for genital integrity.
German Parliament Considering Two Circumcision Bills | 11/23/2012
The German parliament is debating two bills, one legalizing circumcision as long as it's "medically sound," and one banning the practice until age fourteen and after that only with the patient’s consent.  The second bill appears consistent with the decision this past June...
Petition to Ban Circumcision - 25,000 Signatures Needed to Require Obama Response | 11/23/2012
We would like to notify you of a recent petition on the White House website ‘We the People’ which calls for banning the practice of circumcising individuals under the age of 18. If this petition receives at least 25,000 signatures by December 14, 2012, then the Obama Administration...
Global Discourse to Publish Steven's Paper on Genital Autonomy | 11/20/2012
We are again very honored that In Search of Fatherhood magazine (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) has featured me on the cover (along with a couple other activists) and has published, in its Autumn 2012 issue, my article on genital autonomy, that is, on the importance of...
Canada's Supreme Court Upholds Guilt of Dad Who Performed Home Circumcision | 11/20/2012
A decision has been handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada in a grisly case of a crude home circumcision. The decision, as alluded to in the below article, is quite cursory. The decision is available at http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/12716/index.do. The...
Journal of Law and the Public Interest publishes article by ARC's Peter Adler | 10/15/2012
We are pleased to announce that an article by ARC’s Legal Advisor, Peter W. Adler, “Is Circumcision Legal?”, has been published in the Spring 2013 issue of  the Journal of Law and the Public Interest at the University of Richmond.  One chapter of the issue is devoted to...
Helsinki Symposium Outstanding | 10/11/2012
The Genital Autonomy 2012 symposium, held in Helsinki, Finland from September 30-October 3, proved a stunning success. The caliber of presentations and of participants was extremely high. My talk about recent legal developments in Germany was very well-received. Norway's Ombudsman for Children...
Finnish Party Proposes to Ban Male Circumcision | 10/11/2012
Finland's third largest political party, True Finns, has renewed its proposal to ban ritual circumcision of boys.   The below article also mentions the recent symposium held from September 30-October 3, 2012 in Helsinki.   Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child...
Criminal Assault Charges Filed Against German Rabbi | 8/22/2012
In the wake of the Cologne court case, criminal assault charges have been filed against a German rabbi for performing circumcisions. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child -----------------------------------------
BBC Issues Long Article About Circumcision Quoting Steven and Other Intactivists | 8/21/2012
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has published on August 20, 2012 a lengthy, generally good article about circumcision. I was the first person interviewed by author Cordelia Hebblethwaite and am quoted twice in the article, as are several other intactivists. The text appears below;...
Tasmania Law Reform Institute Issues Favorable Final Report Citing ARC and Other Intactivists | 8/21/2012
We received the media release reproduced below and dated August, 21, 2012 from the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, announcing their release of their final report on male circumcision. The report is generally a good one and includes numerous references to our September 2009 submission as well as to...
Steven Svoboda to Present at the NOCIRC Symposium in Helsinki, Finland on September 30-October 2, 2012--Abstract of Presentation | 8/16/2012
Strange Yet Familiar Bedfellows—Effectively Addressing Chronic Issues Encountered when Law and Human Rights Seek to Protect Bodily Integrity By J. Steven Svoboda Abstract as Presented at the Twelfth NOCIRC Symposium, Helsinki, Finland, October 2, 2012.
Jonathan Friedman Publishes Circumcision Zine | 8/14/2012
Jonathan Friedman, ARC's webmaster and newsletter editor, as well as head of Intact News, has written an excellent zine on circumcision entitlted, "Genital Autonomy: Why Circumcision Must Be Stopped." Jonathan's zine discusses normal genital anatomy of the penis, the circumcision...
Poll Reveals Strong Opposition to Newborn Circumcision | 8/14/2012
A poll shows strong opposition to newborn circumcision. J. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Washington Post Publishes Long Article on Circumcision and Expected AAP Statement | 8/14/2012
The Washington Post published a long story in their August 13th, 2012 edition on the position statement on male circumcision that is expected to be issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics sometime in the next few weeks. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child...
ARC Letter to Wall Street Journal | 7/27/2012
I submitted a letter today responding to Josef Joffe's horrific op-ed in today's print edition of the Wall Street Journal. The original piece can be found at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443437504577547104196343764.html. Here is the text of the letter:
$700,000 Circumcision Settlement in Massachusetts | 7/13/2012
Massachusetts attorney Les Wallerstein kindly sent us notice of this major recent settlement in his state. Circumcision cases seem to be settling for substantially higher sums these days. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Infant sustains partial amputation during bris Parents...
German Court Case Saves Boys from Knife | 7/2/2012
Dan Bollinger points out an actual result from the German court ruling. As a consequence, Dan writes, some boys will escape the knife. Steven Svoboda ARC ---------------------------------------------------------------------
BBC Interviews Steven Regarding Intactivism and German Court Decision | 6/27/2012
A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter interviewed me for about 45 minutes for a feature article on intactivism and the recent German court decision that religious circumcision is an assault against boys. Here's a link to the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19072761...
Major News: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision Is Assault | 6/26/2012
Important news: A German court has ruled that male circumcision, at least when performed for religious reasons, constitutes an assault on boys. Presumably the same principle would hold for circumcision not done for religious reasons.  Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Anthony Levin, ARC-UK, Presenting to Amnesty International | 6/21/2012
Anthony Levin, the Director of ARC-UK, is giving a presentation that promises to be fascinating if anyone is going to be near Leeds, UK tomorrow evening.   Here is the information Anthony provided to us:   Location: Leeds, Leeds Townhall Time: 7pm Thursday 21 June Who: Amnesty...
Norwegian Political Party Calls for Male Circumcision Ban | 6/15/2012
A Norwegian political party, the Centre Party, has called for banning male circumcision as an outdated and dangerous practice not consistent with a civilized society. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Ban ritual circumcision of boys: Centre Party June 13, 2012
Spring 2012 Issue of "In Search of Fatherhood" Featuring Steven's Article | 6/15/2012
We are very honored that "In Search of Fatherhood" Magazine (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) will be featuring me (along with a couple other activists and scholars) on the attached cover of its upcoming Spring 2012 issue, and will be reprinting my article, "'...
Two Pieces of Sobering News | 5/13/2012
Two recent pieces of sobering news. Apologies for the imperfect Google translation of the second piece.   Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child  
Good News From Colorado | 5/13/2012
Good news from Colorado, where intactivists led by Craig Garrett and Gillian Longley were successful at stopping a legislative attempt to restore Medicaid funding for circumcision in that state. We will have a full report with photos in our next newsletter, due out next month.  ...
Finnish Legislator Calls for Criminalizing Male Circumcision, Launches Government Inquiry | 3/12/2012
A Finnish Member of Parliament has proposed criminalizing male circumcision in Finland and has launched a formal government inquiry into including boys as well as girls in protection from genital cutting. Thanks to our webmaster, Jonathan Friedman of IntactNews, for calling this to our attention.
Slovenia's human rights ombudsman says male circumcision violates human rights | 3/11/2012
In February 2012, Slovenia's human rights ombudsman announced that "circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons is a violation of children's rights" and "ritual circumcision of boys for religious reasons in our country, [for] legal and ethical reasons is unacceptable, and...
AMA Reports that Nearly Half of US Boys Are Being Left Intact, Crediting Intactivists | 3/11/2012
The American Medical Association has issued a report stating that nearly half of newborn US boys leave the hospital intact, the highest intact rate since the US starting keeping track nearly two decades ago. This data partially contradicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC...
Tragic News Emerges About NYC Infant Death After Circumcision | 3/7/2012
Here are two recent news pieces that have recently emerged on the tragic death in New York City in September 2011 of an infant after a Jewish circumcision. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child ____________________________________________________________
Swedish docs in circumcision protest | 2/20/2012
The Swedish Paediatric Society is now calling for the banning of male circumcision as an assault on boys. http://m.thelocal.se/39200/20120219/   Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
ARC Newsletter Print Version Released | 1/6/2012
Click here to download the print version of our latest newsletter (ARC Newsletter Fall/Winter 2011)
Steven Appearing on Radio Christmas Day | 12/27/2011
I appeared with host Shelton Walden on his long-standing show "Walden's Pond" on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, on WBAI, New York City's public radio station. We have been getting great feedback from listeners on our attempt at summarizing the developments in a very eventful...
Steven Appearing on Radio Christmas Day | 12/20/2011
I will be appearing with host Shelton Walden on his long-standing show "Walden's Pond" this Sunday, Christmas Day, at 1 PM EST, 10 AM PST on WBAI, New York City's public radio station.
Circumcision: Your Legal Rights | 12/15/2011
ARC is proud to announce the release of our “know your rights” brochure for potential litigants, now available on our website thanks to the active collaboration of ARC Secretary and Intact America Director Georganne Chapin.
Federal Bill HR 2400--Please Write Your Representative to Stop This Bill | 9/30/2011
Federal HR Bill 2400 is designed to defend religious/medicalized infant genital cutting in the US. Under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, the constitutional guarantee of equal protection requires that boys and girls alike receive equal levels of protection from genital cutting. This bill could...
Campaign against Circumcision Launched by Dutch Doctors' Association | 9/16/2011
The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) sent ARC an email on September 14, 2011 announcing that it has started a campaign against circumcision of boys. This project follows in the wake of the excellent official statement opposing male circumcision that was issued by the same organization in May...
Doctors campaign against 'risky and painful' circumcision of boys | 9/14/2011
The Dutch doctors federation KNMG has again called on ministers, MPs and human rights organisations to speak out against the practice of circumcising young boys. Between 10,000 and 15,000 boys are circumcised in the Netherlands every year, often on religious grounds and without anaesthetics, the...
Circumcision Bill AB 768 Passes California State Legislature | 9/9/2011
On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the California State Legislature passed pro-circumcision bill AB 768 with little opposition. The bill asserts that "circumcision has a wide array of health and affiliative benefits," a claim that no medical organization in the world supports.  
Court Decision Regarding San Francisco Petition | 7/28/2011
Judge Loretta Giorgi of San Francisco Superior Court held a hearing on Thursday, July 28, 2011, on whether the San Francisco ballot initiative will be voted on this November. There was a spirited rally by Bay Area intactivists outside the courthouse, carrying signs and talking to passersby. I...
Boy's botched circumcision leads to $4.6 million award | 7/18/2011
A judge today said he will approve a $4.6 million settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of a boy who was the victim of a botched circumcision at a Los Angeles clinic when he was a week old. The accord to be signed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rex Heeseman brings an end to the case filed...
Colorado defunds Medicaid Circumcisions | 6/24/2011
Colorado has defunded Medicaid circumcisions, effective July 1, 2011 Colorado will thereby become the 18th state to not waste taxpayer dollars on medically unnecessary circumcisions. Link to article on this landmark development: Unkindest cut: Medicaid won’t cover circumcision in Colorado...
San Francisco Ballot Measure Lawsuit | 6/23/2011
SAN FRANCISCO—A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Jewish and Muslim families in an effort to block a San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children. The suit filed Wednesday asks a San Francisco judge to remove the initiative from the November ballot. The...
Jewish Journal Article by by Jonah Lowenfeld: Circumcision fight moves to California State Legislature | 6/15/2011
Gatto Bill to Protect Male Circumcision By Jonah Lowenfeld June 15, 2011 link On Tuesday, Congressman Brad Sherman announced he is preparing to introduce a bill in congress to prevent municipalities nationwide from enacting laws banning male circumcision.
Sherman Bill to Protect Male Circumcision | 6/14/2011
June 14, 2011 1:00 PM link Washington, DC – Congressman Brad Sherman announced today that he will be introducing the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011, a bill to prevent San Francisco and other municipalities from banning the circumcision of males under the age of 18.
The Golden Compass: a powerful film with a fascinating allusion to genital cutting | 2/2/2011
Thanks to my esteemed colleague and coauthor Robert Darby for recommending "The Golden Compass" movie to me. Although it received quite mixed reviews, it is a powerful film with a fascinating allusion to genital cutting. The "General Oblation Board" uses children in a practice...
South Carolina Stops Medicaid Funding! | 12/24/2010
As a very timely Christmas or New Year's gift for all of us, South Carolina officials recently announced that effective Feburary 1, 2011, that state will become the 17th state to not provide Medicaid funding for circumcision. Congratulations to Michael Tucker and to everyone instrumental in...
U.S. Newborn Male Circumcision Rate Dropped Sharply | 8/5/2010
Fantastic news was revealed at the recent 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where Charbel El Bcheraoui, Ph.D. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave a presentation stating that the US newborn circumcision rate has plunged from 56% in 2006 to only 33% a short three...
The Economist on Female Genital Cutting | 6/12/2010
The reputable UK newsmagazine The Economist, in its June 12 print issue, examines female genital cutting (FGC) in some detail with reference to the recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) position statements, which first (on May 1) condoned and then (on June 1) rejected the permissibility of...
Royal Dutch Medical Association Statement | 5/28/2010
The Royal Dutch Medical Association published an official statement opposing male circumcision yesterday, which they forwarded to ARC this morning with the two attachments linked below. They asked that we pass the good news along to our friends and colleagues: KNMG-press-release (pdf) KNMG-...
Circumcision Decision-Maker Website Launched | 5/26/2010
A new circumcision decision-making tool is now available to provide infant or adult circumcision information. Visitors are guided through an information gathering process addressing their particular situations to help them decide about an infant or adult circumcision. Additional circumcision...
Call for Action: AAP Task Force on Circumcision | 1/27/2010
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is set to release its new policy on circumcision later this year. According to a January 19, 2010 article in the "Washington Post", the AAP Task Force on Circumcision met outside Chicago the week before to begin finalizing its newest circumcision...
Circumcision Health Benefit Virtually Nil, Study Finds | 1/12/2010
Somehow, observers in other, more objective countries stubbornly refuse to acknowledge all the supposedly miraculous benefits of circumcision. Thanks to Margaret Somerville for calling our attention to this recent article Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Circumcision Health...
Fantastic News Regarding HIV Vaccine | 11/4/2009
Friends and supporters, in case you haven't yet heard, some fantastic news came to us today, both for those concerned about genital integrity and for those concerned about HIV/AIDS.
Forced circumcision is being used as a terrorist tactic in Kenya | 1/29/2008
Thanks to John Forakis for this news item and commentary. Anytime someone is circumcised without his or her consent, or against his or her will, it is a "forced circumcision." Whenever adults make infants or children undergo circumcision, these are also "forced circumcisions."
On Circumcision: new book by cutting evangelist Schoen | 9/28/2005
First cut is the deepest: Published in 1987, Point Richmond pediatrician Edgar Schoen's "Ode to the Circumcised Male" includes the lines: It's a great work of art like the statue of Venus if you're wearing a hat on the head of your penis. When you gaze through a looking glass...
Long Island Doctor Sued for Amazon.com Libel | 3/18/2004
Doctors Opposing Circumcision issued this press release on March 18 regarding a libel suit Paul Fleiss and Frederick Hodges are bringing against notorious pro-circumcision doctor Thomas Wiswell. David Llewellyn is handling the case. Many of us in the intactivist movement have crossed...
Excess Skin Removed During Infant's Circumcision | 2/23/2004
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly February 23, 2004 Verdicts & Settlements Excess Skin Removed During Infant's Circumcision $110,000 Settlement The minor plaintiff was born on Feb. 12, 1997. According to the medical records, the defendant performed a circumcision on the minor plaintiff five...
Couple charged with agreeing to circumcise young girls | 1/10/2004
In January a news item was issued by CNN.com regarding a Los Angeles couple charged with female genital cutting. To phrase things a bit more strongly than does the article, this is the first known prosecution under the "Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act" which was introduced...
Circumcision Is Botched, Repair Never Recommended | 12/8/2003
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly December 08, 2003 Verdicts & Settlements
Finnish Child Welfare Organization Issues Position Statement Denouncing Male Circumcision | 8/25/2003
The Central Union for Child Welfare in Finland is an umbrella organization founded in 1937 whose members include 85 non-governmental organizations and 33 Finnish municipalities. Although we did not learn this until the current year, in August 2003 it issued the following excellent position...