Steven Svoboda Overviews European News, Activism's Successes, and Boulder Symposium on Maria Sanchez Show


On July 9, 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.

In this half-hour-long show, released by Maria as a downloadable podcast at, Steven overviewed some recent developments:

1) Steven reviewed the recent flurry of developments from Europe including good news (Finland and Sweden each moving toward passing a law banning circumcision, Israel's High Court of Justice overturning the rabbinical court's holding and protecting a son from forcible circumcision,progress at the United Nations, and the class action filed against a pharmaceutical company's use of foreskins in producing its products) and not so good news (the Obama administration's recent suggestion--in concert with some US legislators' attempt to pass a "European Religious Freedom Act"--that it will defend "circumcision in Europe," Florida's resumption of Medicaid funding, and passage in Norway of a law and in Denmark of guidelines regulating yet tolerating circumcision).

2) Steven pointed out the flurry of debate that has ensued, to a large extent as a result of the activism of people throughout our movement, and that such ferment is typical when a movement gains in influence and power as the intact rights movement has been doing.  We have had places at the table at three important recent events--the October 2013 debate between Steven and Michael Brady of the American Academy of Pediatrics which we effectively won by leaving Brady unable to respond to our points; the January 2014 Council of Europe debate on male circumcision in which Ron Goldman participated (and which is reviewed in detail in the upcoming ARC Newsletter), and the April 2014 Al Jazeera debate in which (as John will also discuss in the upcoming ARC Newsletter) John Geisheker participated.

3) Steven previewed his upcoming presentation analyzing European legal developments at the Boulder, Colorado Genital Autonomy Symposium and briefly discussed this very exciting event.  To learn more, visit Steven also praised the many young scholars and activists full of fresh new ideas who have joined the movement including feminist scholar Travis Wisdom, ethicist Brian Earp, ARC Newsletter Editor Jonathan Friedman, and countless others.

 Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child



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