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 result in a tragic rollback of intactivist successes just as we are reaching the point where our message is starting to be heard and accepted in households throughout the US. Please email your representative(s) and ask them to vote no on HR 2400.
A suggested sample letter appears below.
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
Dear Representative X:
H.R. Bill 2400 will come your way soon for consideration and a vote. The bill, which is misleadingly labeled as the “Religious and Parental Rights Act of 2011,” must be opposed because it will endorse and could help bring about violations of the constitutional guarantees under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of equal protection of boys and girls from genital cutting. Just because a person is a boy child does not give any parent or government the right to endorse child abuse or sexual battery against that person. HR 2400, if allowed to pass, would set this country on a dangerous path by allowing parents to invoke religion to justify abuse of children, particularly the boy child and later, potentially, the girl child.