Steven's Los Angeles Radio Show Overviews Intactivism


On Friday, April 26, 2013, I appeared on Maria Sanchez' hour-long internet radio show, "The Maria Sanchez Show," based in Los Angeles (you can listen to the podcast below). The wide-ranging discussion was designed to update Maria's listeners on events in recent years and also provided a historical overview of medicalized and religiously based circumcision and of intactivism.

I mentioned the wealth of recent positive developments in intactivism, such as our greater visibility in general mass media and among non-intactivist scholars, as well as advances in Internet availability of information and in social networking that have generally assisted the growing success of safeguarding bodily integrity.  I also discussed (1) the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) August 2012 policy statement and technical report and recent responses to it in the Journal of Medical Ethics (by me and Bob Van Howe) and in Pediatrics (by a large group headed by Morten Frisch), as well as the AAP's counter-responses to both articles; (2) developments in Germany including the landmark June 2012 court case upholding a right to bodily integrity and the subsequent legislation (about which I am currently writing a paper for presentation in the UK in September); (3) the upcoming October 2013 ethical debate in South Carolina between me and the AAP's Dr. Michael Brady regarding the legality of male circumcision.

Maria and I are already planning our next show for the summer. Visit Maria's website:

Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child


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