Category: Public

Long-Term Psychological Effects of Circumcision

Presentation of Ronald Goldman at the Third International Symposium on Circumcision, College Park, MD. If you cannot remember your infancy, does this mean that infant experiences have no effects on infants and their later feelings and behavior? Can infants be traumatized? Ronald Goldman speaks about this and much more at the Third International Symposium on Circumcision. Goldman’s […]

Articles by Ronald Goldman, PhD Published in African News Media About Circumcision and HIV Prevention

. . . The WHO circumcision “expert,” David Tomlinson, has a conflict of interest because he promotes and sells his own circumcision device to Africans and others. Tomlinson was asked to identify the functions of the foreskin, and he did not know! . . .
. . . The tragic outcome: tens of millions of African men are being deceived into getting circumcised.

Taxpayers Sue Massachusetts Medicaid About Circumcisions

After years of unproductive communications with state and federal officials about Medicaid circumcisions, Ronald Goldman, PhD, founder and Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center, heads a lawsuit representing taxpayers who want MassHealth (Medicaid) to stop paying for infant circumcisions. This historic legal action was filed in Suffolk County Superior Court by Attorney Peter Adler. […]

Political Avoidance of Medicaid Circumcision Violation of Regulations

The following letter was written by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., and published in the July 13, 2018 issue of a Boston newspaper. The unnecessary medical service is elective, non-therapeutic male infant circumcision. Rep. Malia’s Unresponsiveness As a public health advocate and concerned citizen, I am concerned about a MassHealth (Medicaid) administrative policy that approves payments for […]

Circumcision: 100 Known Complications and Risks

Complications and risks are much more numerous than most doctors know or disclose   Hemorrhage Local Infections (6) staphylococcal infections, abscess of penis and scrotum, erysipelas, acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, tetanus, myiasis Systemic Infections (2) septicemia, Fournier’s gangrene Surgical Complications (31) excessive skin removal, excessive residual skin, total denudation of the penis, urethral fistula, multiple pyogenic […]

Circumcision is Exception to American Academy of Pediatrics Pain Policy for Newborn Infants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 […]

International Journal Critical Analysis of Circumcision for HIV Prevention

The decision to recommend male circumcision to help prevent HIV transmission was a flawed process controlled by a small network of circumcision advocates who avoided open debate.   The following abstracts are from Global Public Health, volume 10, issue 5-6, 2015. Kirsten Bell. HIV prevention: Making male circumcision the ‘right’ tool for the job In […]

Response to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Circumcision Policy Statement

The endless search for a medical benefit of circumcision, from treating epilepsy, irritability, and masturbation in the late 1800s to preventing sexually transmitted diseases today, has always been suspect. Close examination reveals that psychological factors affect every aspect of the practice, including who chooses to study circumcision, what questions are studied and what questions are […]

Council of Europe Opposition to Circumcision Remains Intact

Jewish Media Misrepresent Council’s Recent Resolution   Numerous Jewish media sources report that a recent resolution of the Council of Europe “drops,” “cancels,” and “overturns” its previous anti-circumcision resolution of 2013. Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., executive director of the Circumcision Resource Center, was an invited speaker at the Council of Europe meeting in January, 2014 that […]

Historic European Circumcision Debate Draws Nearly 300

Previous Resolution Called Circumcision a Violation of Physical Integrity   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – March 6, 2014 – The growing European debate about circumcision led to the first international interdisciplinary dialogue on the subject recently at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France (video). This major meeting discussed an October non-binding resolution overwhelmingly passed […]

Video Recording of Council of Europe Circumcision Debate Including Ronald Goldman, PhD

Excerpt of Ronald Goldman, PhD’s comments during Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Circumcision, Parliamentary Assembly, Strasbourg, France. The full debate can be watched below. Ron speaks at 35:07 into the video, and again at 1:27:15. Complete minutes of this meeting are available at Also, see our press release about the event here.

European Circumcision Debate Will Include Jewish American

Psychologist and Author Ronald Goldman Criticizes the Practice   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – January 7, 2014 – Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Circumcision Resource Center, a nonprofit educational organization in Boston, has been invited by the Council of Europe to participate in an interdisciplinary dialogue about circumcision at a meeting in France on […]

Council of Europe Adopts Resolution That Opposes Circumcision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – October 2, 2013 – Yesterday the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe agreed on a resolution in support of “children’s right to physical integrity.” The purpose is to reinforce the protection of children’s rights, oppose violence against children, and promote children’s participation in decisions that affect them. Genital cutting […]

Historic Nordic Agreement Opposes Circumcision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOSTON – October 1, 2013 – Yesterday at a meeting in Oslo, Norway, Nordic ombudsmen for children representing six countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Greenland) and Nordic pediatrician and pediatric surgeon organizations agreed on a resolution urging their national governments to work to prevent non-therapeutic circumcision of boys. According to […]

Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision

38 leading non-US physicians disagree with the American Academy of Pediatrics ABSTRACT The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released its new Technical Report and Policy Statement on male circumcision, concluding that current evidence indicates that the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks. The technical report is based on the scrutiny of a […]

Circumcision Associated with Sexual Difficulties in Men and Women

A new national survey in Denmark, where about 5% of men are circumcised, examined associations of circumcision with a range of sexual measures in both sexes. Circumcised men were more likely to report frequent orgasm difficulties, and women with circumcised spouses more often reported incomplete sexual needs fulfillment and frequent sexual function difficulties overall, notably […]

Circumcision Associated with Adult Difficulty in Identifying and Expressing Feelings and Circumcised Men 4.53 Times More Likely to Use Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

To read more: Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma This preliminary study investigates what role early trauma might have in alexithymia (difficulty in identifying and expressing feelings) acquisition for adults by controlling for male circumcision. Three hundred self-selected men were administered the Toronto Twenty-Item Alexithymia Scale checklist and a personal history questionnaire. The circumcised men had age-adjusted alexithymia […]

AAP Pamphlet “Care of the Uncircumcised Penis” Included Foreskin Functions

Information deleted in subsequent editions with no coherent explanation The 1984 American Academy of Pediatrics pamphlet for parents titled, “Care of the Uncircumcised Penis” described foreskin functions, which include shielding the glans (head) from irritation and infection. “The foreskin protects the glans throughout life.” This information was deleted from subsequent editions of the pamphlet. Ronald […]