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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."
"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."
"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."
"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."
"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
"The grandest privilege of those who have the means is to alleviate suffering."
Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pain Policy for Newborn Infants
BOSTON – February 25, 2016 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published an updated policy on the prevention and management of procedural pain in newborn infants in the February Pediatrics journal. It advises the goal of the prevention of pain in newborn infants because of ethical considerations and the potentially harmful neurological effects of pain.
Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., psychologist and executive director of the
a nonprofit educational organization in Boston, notes a serious
conflict between the policy and the practice of circumcision. "We have
known for many years that circumcision is extremely painful and
traumatic for the newborn infant. Studies confirm this, and it is
obvious to observers. There is no medical need for circumcision. It is
elective, non-therapeutic, cosmetic genital surgery. To comply with
this policy on pain, pediatricians should strongly advise against
circumcisions and refuse to do them." Dr. Goldman is the author
of Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma and Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish
"Circumcision is an exception to basic principles of medical practice," states Goldman, "such as, 'First, do no harm.' In addition to pain and trauma, circumcision results in behavioral effects on infants, disruption of the mother-child bond, and sexual and psychological harm to men based on studies and surveys."
Aside from Muslims, only about 10% of the world's males are circumcised. Various foreign national medical organizations have policies opposing circumcision, recognizing that it removes a natural, healthy, functioning body part.