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New Article Finds Fault With Pediatric Organization’s Support for Circumcision, Provoking a Formal Response
Date:3/16/2013

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) March 16, 2013

Human rights attorney J. Steven Svoboda and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. have published a new article in one of the world’s leading journals on medical ethics arguing that the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s) position regarding male circumcision lacks credible support. The article, titled, “Out of step: fatal flaws in the latest AAP policy report on neonatal circumcision,” http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/recent, is being published online today, leading off the latest issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME). The US’ premier organization of pediatricians has already arranged for the JME to publish its response in what Svoboda and Van Howe view as an ill-fated attempt to justify the medically and ethically flawed arguments in its policy statement and technical report.

Svoboda and Van Howe criticize the AAP’s apparent cultural bias in favor of circumcision, which they note puts the AAP firmly out of step with world medical opinion on this issue. They argue that the AAP documents suffer from troubling deficiencies, ultimately undermining their credibility. According to the authors, these deficiencies include the omission of critical issues, biased use of the medical literature, and conclusions that are not supported by the evidence given.

Svoboda commented, “The AAP ignores so many important topics that it is hard to know where to begin. For example, the anatomy and function of the foreskin are not mentioned in their documents, even though they propose to cut it off without first considering the harm and pain that result from its removal. The AAP’s circumcision recommendations contradict its own bioethics policy statement, which require
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