Comments by michaelkmooney

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Posted on July 6 at 11:36 p.m.

This issue is not about anti-Semitism. It's about human rights.

When an African study said circumcision reduced HIV infections, a study in Sexually Transmitted Diseases disagreed and said, "The Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association says that ‘‘circumcision cannot be responsibly viewed as ‘protecting’ against such infections.”

They further stated, “The leading international statement of medical ethics is the European Convention on Human Rights and Bioethics, where Article 20(1) prohibits non-therapeutic tissue removal from those who do not have the capacity to consent. Children have a right to the protection of the security of their person and to protection from degrading treatment. Circumcision violates those human rights. Several authorities report that circumcision degrades the erectile function of the penis. Circumcision, therefore, must be regarded as degrading treatment. Degrading treatment is an additional violation of human rights.”

To read a fully referenced article that clarifies this issue, see:

On Circumcision: Cut It Out?

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