I had been trying to avoid Facebook.
I don't like being an intactivist.
Do you know this?
I wish the forced circumcision of healthy, non-consenting minors were recognized for the barbaric mutilation and the gross violation of basic human rights that it is.
I avoid my Facebook account because I know that the minute I sign on, my news feed is going to show that somewhere in the world, a child is suffering complications from this needless procedure.
At the end of this post, you can see all the cases I've documented on this blog.
And there are others.
There are others, but I've either been too busy to bother, or I'm just not on Facebook and I miss them.
I have a life, I need to get to work, I've got kids of my own to raise, and I can't dedicate as much time as I want to this cause.
Being an intactivist is hard work.
You have to see children suffer from complications, watch as parents mourn what was supposed to be one of the most joyful times in their lives.
And then, you have to watch as people dismiss the deaths and complications of circumcision, dismiss facts and information, have people tell you "Who are you to tell parents what to do?"
This right here is why I "have the nerve" to have this blog, to speak out against what is in non-consenting individuals, male genital mutilation.
I had been studiously avoiding logging on to Facebook, but my phone tells me someone has messaged me, and so there I go checking it.
Ironically enough it's some woman trying to lecture me on how "uneducated" I am on the subject.
And before I can click on my private message icon, what do I see?
The caption reads:
"The unexpected has happened!!!
A baby has died. I don't know how to take this.
His circumcision wouldn't stop bleeding. They went to the Beaumont ER they gave him meds and then sent home. THAT'S IT!!! Nothing else.
No parent should experience this pain ( and a hurricane/tropical storm). And I know that no one plans for a funeral when they have a new born.
I'm going to help financially with the services the best I can. The only way I know how to help lift some of the burden off of them.
Will you please pray for the family? This is a difficult time.
If you'd like to help with the financial burden please go here."
The link is to a YouCaring page, which can be accessed here as of 8-29-2017. Who knows when they will take it down.
I've taken a screen shot of it and am posting it here:
The caption here reads:
"Baby Zackery was born August 17th, 2017. He passed away August 28 from what is thought to be due to complications with his circumcision but we will not know more until later. Our family needs help with funeral costs to put this sweet baby boy to rest as his parents don't possess the proper funds and we would like to help take this burden from them so they don't have to worry about how to afford a funeral as they are dealing with the loss of their precious baby boy. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated and God bless everyone for their help."
I don't want to spend too long on this post.
I'll be repeating what I've posted on every other death/complication post.
The risks of male infant circumcision include infection, partial or full ablation, hemorrhage and even death.
How is ANY risk conscionable for elective, cosmetic surgery?
Are parents being fully informed on this matter?
According to the 2012 AAP statement, the risks of male infant circumcision are unknown.
This is because hospitals are not required to release any information on adverse outcomes of circumcision. Doctors have incentive to attribute deaths due to circumcision to secondary causes of death, and parents are complicit in keeping deaths and complications under wraps.
That is until recently, where parents post their children's stories online.
With the advent of the internet, the risks and complications of male infant circumcision can no longer be ignored, and members of the AAP can no longer feign ignorance.
Members of the AAP, if the risks of male infant circumcision are unknown, WHY PRAY TELL AREN'T YOU INVESTIGATING???
How is a single death due to elective, cosmetic surgery concsionable?
In 2012, you reviewed the current body of medical literature and you could not commit to a recommendation based on it, because in your own words "the benefits of circumcision weren't great enough."
And yet, somehow, you expect parents, the great majority of who don't have a medical degree, to somehow arrive at a more reasonable conclusion.
At this point I must ask, what are you people at the AAP SMOKING???
Death is a risk of male infant circumcision.
This, and other children were needlessly killed by the elective, cosmetic, non-medical surgery.
WHY aren't doctors required to fully inform parents about this?
More importantly, without medical or clinical indication, how is it that doctors are able to get way with reaping profit from performing elective, cosmetic, non-medical surgery on a healthy, non-consenting minor, let alone pretend to be able to offer parents any kind of "choice" in this matter?
Reaping profit from performing elective, non-medical surgery on healthy, non-consenting individuals constitutes medical fraud in any other case.
Why is male infant genital mutilation the lone exception?
That doctors are able to reap profit at the expense of a child's basic human rights, even as children DIE is absolutely DESPICABLE.
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO YOUR JOBS AND DEDICATE YOUR EXISTENCE TO THE HEALTH OF ALL CHILDREN???
This child's blood, and the blood of other children before him is in YOUR hands.
List of Deaths and Complications Documented on This Blog:
FACEBOOK: Another Baby Fighting For His Life Post Circumcision
MADERA, CA: Another Circumcision Complication
CIRCUMCISION BOTCH: Another Post-Circumcision Hemorrhage Case Surfaces on Facebook
LAW SUIT: Child Loses "Significant Portion" of Penis During Circumcision
CIRCUMCISION BOTCHES: Colombia and Malaysia
CIRCUMCISION DEATH: This Time in Russia
FACEBOOK: KENTUCKY - Botched Circumcision Gives Newborn Severe UTI
FACEBOOK: Circumcision Sends Another Child to NICU - This Time in LA
GEORGIA: Circumcision Sends a Baby to the NICU
CIRCUMCISION DEATH: This Time in Italy
FACEBOOK NEWS FEED: A Complication and a Death
INTACTIVISTS: Why We Concern Ourselves
MALE INFANT CIRCUMCISION: Another Baby Boy Dies
CIRCUMCISION: Another Baby Dies
CIRCUMCISION DEATH: Yet Another One (I Hate Writing These)
Another Circumcision Death Comes to Light
CIRCUMCISION DEATH: Yes, Another One - This Time in Israel
FACEBOOK: Two Botches and a Death
CIRCUMCISION DEATH: Child Dies After Doctor Convinces Ontario Couple to Circumcise
ONTARIO CIRCUMCISION DEATH: The Plot Thickens
Joseph4GI: The Circumcision Blame Game
Phony Phimosis: How American Doctors Get Away With Medical Fraud
FACEBOOK: Two More Babies Nearly Succumb to Post Circumcision Hemorrhage
FACEBOOK: Another Circumcision Mishap - Baby Hemorrhaging After Circumcision
What Your Dr. Doesn't Know Could Hurt Your Child
FACEBOOK: Child in NICU After Lung Collapses During Circumcision
EMIRATES: Circumcision Claims Another Life
BabyCenter Keeping US Parents In the Dark About Circumcision
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Circumcision Claims Another Life
TEXAS: 'Nother Circumcision Botch
New York Herpes Circumcision Problem:
NYC: More Herpes Circumcision Cases Since de Blasio Lifted Metzitzah B'Peh Regulations
BUSTED: Agudath Israel of America's Antics Revealed
NEW STUDY: Ultra-Orthodox Mohels Don't Give Babies Herpes
NEW YORK: Two More Herpes Babies, One With HIV
NEW YORK: Metzitzah: Two mohelim stopped after babies get herpes
NEW YORK: Yet Another Herpes Baby
Rabbis Delay NYC's Metzitzah B'Peh Regulations - Meanwhile, in Israel...
While PACE Holds a Hearing on Circumcision, Another Baby Contracts Herpes in NYC
Israel Ahead of New York in Recommending Against Metzitzah B'Peh
New York: Oral Mohel Tests Positive for Herpes
Herpes Circumcision Babies: Another One? Geez!
Mohels Spreading Herpes: New York Looks the Other Way
Circumcision Indicted in Yet Another Death: Rabbis and Mohels are "Upset"