Genital Mutilation of Children is Torture II
The First International Symposia On Circumcision in 1989 unanimously declared that the genital mutilation of children is torture. David Levy in a published study in 1945 titled “Psychic Trauma of Operations in Children” described suicidal and homicidal behaviors in a six- year old child consequent to circumcision when he declared: “I wish I were dead” and “played numerous killing games, in which his father was the principal victim”.
Federal Law established Female Genital Mutilation as a crime (PL 104-208), March 30,1997) where the 14th Amendment states “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”, which extends the criminal sanctions under PL 104-208 to male children, yet to be recognized by the Congress.
Dr. Judith Palfrey, M.D., President, American Academy of Pediatrics was compelled to renounce the AAP Bioethics Committee’s policy statement on Ritual Cutting of Female Minors with the following statement: ”The AAP does not endorse the practice of offering a "clitoral nick”. This minimal pinprick is forbidden under federal law and the AAP does not recommend it to its members. The AAP is steadfast in its goal of protecting all young girls from the harms of FGC.” (April 26, 2010). A plea was made to Dr. Palfrey to provide equal protection of male children from these sexual assaults.
A Petition was circulated at The 11th International Symposium on Circumcision, Genital Integrity, and Human Rights held at Berkeley CA 29-31 July 2010 that called upon Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman Senate Judiciary Committee to enforce the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, which the Obama Administration has failed to enforce, that would provide equal protection for male children given to female children under PL 104-208.
Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, has not been responsive to pleas to provide protection for male children subjected to this perinatal-brain trauma of genital mutilation, yet to be evaluated by the NIH. (Letter of 1 October 2009 ,below).
The Genital Integrity Community is encouraged to write Senator Leahy in support of this Petition.
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
Director, Institute of Humanistic Science
27 August 2010