ARC Accomplishments

United Nations Project
We gave oral and written presentations putting the issue of male genital mutilation on the United Nations record for the first time…
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Unofficially Winning Circumcision Debate with AAP Task Force Member
The Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, held on October 18-19, 2013, marked a debate regarding the ethics of male circumcision in which Steven Svoboda unofficially defeated Michael Brady, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on Circumcision…
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Publishing over Forty Peer-reviewed Papers
Authoring or co-authoring and publishing over forty peer reviewed papers, many in top journals (for example, three in the world’s top medical ethics journal, the Journal of Medical Ethics).
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Completing United Nations Core Report
The core report is intended for use and adaptation by local activists in countries around the world wishing to submit a report to the UN on male circumcision as a human rights violation in their respective countries. We have already been working with local activists in Iceland and the Philippines…
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Researching, Identifying, Commissioning Translations of, and Publishing European Legal Cases and Law Review Articles
Forty legal cases and law review articles that ARC found and translated, heretofore unknown to the activist community, are already being used by scholars in the community as integral components of some of the papers they are writing…
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ARC Newsletter
Publishing thirty-nine (as of Fall 2022) issues of our newsletter, containing feature articles by activists, reports on recent conferences, book reviews, news reports, photographs, and other important updates.
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United Nations Third Party Intervention
Following the sad and unexpected passing of Australian human rights attorney Paul Mason, Steven Svoboda took over from Paul to lead preparation and submission of a “third party intervention” submitted by the International NGO Council on Genital Autonomy (INGOCGA) to the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
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Discovering Sex Discrimination Against Males by United Nations
We uncovered, through research at the United Nations, that the Committee on the Rights of the Child violated its own procedures in removing, without any discussion or debate, “boy children” from the purview of the Special Rapporteur on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and the Girl Child (formerly “Women and Children”).
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Legal Victories
Compiling and publishing the most comprehensive and updated list of legal settlements and legal decisions relating to male genital integrity.
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Medical and Ethical Positions on Circumcision
Compiling and publishing the most comprehensive and updated list of worldwide position statements regarding medical and ethical aspects of male circumcision.
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Compilation of Audio and Video Relating to Genital Autonomy
Right now we are in the process of posting hundreds of audio and video presentations relating to genital autonomy, including over 100 of our audio and video presentations.
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Circumcision – Your Legal Rights
Producing a video with attorney and original ARC board member David Llewellyn about a litigant’s rights.
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“Know Your Rights” Brochure
Preparing and publishing a brochure outlining litigants’ rights.
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Book Reviews
Reviewing several dozen books in the genital autonomy literature, and publishing these reviews in our newsletter.
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Letters Submitted to Physicians’ Professional Organizations
In April 2003, ARC collaborated with Doctors Opposing Circumcision (DOC) and the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) to mail out thousands of letters to North American pediatricians. The letters were titled, “A Caution to Medical Doctors Regarding Child Circumcision” and were jointly signed by ARC, DOC, and NOCIRC.
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Receiving the Human Rights Award from NOCIRC in 2002.

Circumcision – Know Your Legal Rights

In this video – which was commissioned, arranged, and introduced by Attorney for the Rights of the Child’s (ARC’s) J. Steven Svoboda – ARC’s original board member David Llewellyn discusses circumcision and potential litigants’ legal rights. The following questions are answered:

  1. Who may bring about a circumcision-related lawsuit?
  2. What is “informed consent”?
  3. Who may be responsible for damages?
  4. What are the time limits?
  5. What sort of damages may be awarded?

Recent Blog Posts

UK National Health Service Will Stop Funding Circumcision

The United Kingdom's National Health Service has announced that it will stop funding circumcision and twelve other procedures as part of a "crackdown" on wasteful spending that is expected to save up to 2 billion [...]

Final Update Regarding Massachusetts Medicaid Lawsuit

On July 22, 2022, the Appeals Court ruled against the plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming that male circumcision is a waste of taxpayer money. The case was filed in July 2020 based on a unique [...]

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