WBAI "Walden's Pond" Appearance by Steven Overviews State of Intactivism, ARC


My appearance on Shelton Walden's longtime "Walden's Pond" radio show on September 8, 2013 went extremely well thanks to Shelton's skills as a journalist and his broad knowledge of the issues. In this hour-long show, aired on New York City's public radio station, WBAI, we were able to provide a brief overview of the current state of intactivism and of the work of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC).

I led off this particular show by congratulating Shelton for his truly awesome, longtime work on many phases of this issue, as an activist, a journalist, and a human rights advocate. Shelton and I discussed the generally positive trend by which more and more people are coming to question circumcision, whether it be in the form of blogs or peer-reviewed articles that are being published by authors with all backgrounds from throughout the globe, or whether it be a mother who refuses to take a knife to her child without a solid medical reason to do so, which even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds itself forced to admit is lacking with infant male circumcision. We also overviewed several recent developments and upcoming events:

1) The 2012 German court case upholding a right to genital integrity and the subsequent legislation purporting to overturn the legal case, both of which I will be discussing on September 17 at a conference organized by Genital Autonomy at the University of Keele, UK.

2) The debate scheduled between me and AAP representative Michael Brady, M.D. at the twentieth annual Thomas A. Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, a conference on "Ethical and Legal Issues in Pediatrics" taking place at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston on October 18-19. The topic assigned by the organizers for the paper and talk, which are being prepared with the collaboration of ARC Legal Advisor Peter Adler and Robert S. Van Howe, M.D., is, "Newborn Male Circumcision is Unethical and Should be Illegal."

3) Brian Morris and colleagues have gone on the rampage again lately with a slew of articles attempting to attack intactivist scholars, which I believe evidence the increasingly beleaguered, embattled situation in which apologists for circumcision are finding themselves.

4) The recent study supporting the general trend of declining circumcision rates in the United States.

5) Activism by some of my valued collaborators with ARC including ARC Legal Advisor Peter Adler and ARC Webmaster Jonathan Friedman.

The show included several interesting phone calls from callers with a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives on this topic. As always, it was a great pleasure to revisit "Walden's Pond."

The show is already available below for download or playback or at www.wbai.org/server-archive.html.

Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child


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