Our work has borne very satisfying fruit in recent years. As opposition continues and even expands in certain areas, ARC and our fellow intactivists are making unprecedented inroads in safeguarding genital integrity, achieving goals of which we could only have dreamt in past years.
ARC’s work in educating policy and lawmakers has paid off greatly. In the summer of 2012, a local court in Germany ruled that circumcision constitutes a criminal assault. This set off an international firestorm of debate. Before the German Parliament responded, another major event occurred: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released their new circumcision policy statement. Their conclusion—that “the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks”—contradicts earlier policy statements and goes against the rising tide of medical literature documenting the harms of circumcision, and the consensus of the international medical community.
While this was a major setback, we sat tight and wrote a letter to the AAP’s Pediatrics journal, which was not published by Pediatrics but was published elsewhere. The German Pediatrics Association read our statement online and cited us in their report on male circumcision to the German Parliament, perhaps the most incriminating report ever on male circumcision from a doctors organization. We were cited for our exemplary efforts in the United States working to end circumcision.