NEW YORK, June 25 — Parents, pediatricians and health and human rights activists today announced the launch of INTACT AMERICA and its website — www.intactamerica.org — to change how America thinks about male circumcision. The national campaign argues that painful and medically unnecessary surgery to remove healthy genital tissue from non-consenting baby boys violates medical ethics and human rights.
They were joined by Soraya Mire, the Somali filmmaker who is a global leader in the fight against forced female circumcision.
“The same universal human right to an intact body that I have fought for on behalf of women and girls must apply to boys as well, especially those too young to make an informed decision about the integrity of their bodies,” said Mire. “How can it be wrong to surgically alter the genitals of a baby girl without her consent but okay to surgically alter the genitals of a baby boy?”
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