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  27 September 1996

  Contact: Marilyn Milos, R.N.



SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA -- The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) is sending more than seven pounds of medical literature for consideration by the new American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision, which is now being convened.

"In order to prepare for the Task Force, the AAP is in the process of obtaining copies of other national and foreign medical association's position paper on circumcision," said Edward Zimmerman, Director, Division of Physician Payment Systems and principal staff to the Task Force. He asked NOCIRC for a copy of the new Australian College of Pediatrics' policy report on circumcision and invited NOCIRC to send "other materials you believe may be of interest to the Task Force...because a few pediatricians have recommended that the agenda book include articles and policy reports from a variety of resources."

Along with the policy report of the Australian College of Pediatrics, NOCIRC sent studies that were either overlooked by the Task Force Committee members in 1989 or have been published since that time. Of special importance are the articles on the anatomy and physiology of the foreskin, the most recent of which was published earlier this year by the British Journal of Urology.

The AAP is aware that it is being watched from outside the Academy, probably a reflection of the distrust caused when a procircumcision activist headed the 1989 Task Force Committee, leaving the Academy in an embarrassed, compromised position and babies still at risk of contraindicated genital cutting.

NOCIRC has urged the Academy to move from the endless controversy about an anachronistic practice that has no place in a civilized society to the education of its pediatricians who do not know how to care for an intact penis and are harming our male babies and children.

Many parents of intact sons have educated themselves about the normal structure, functions, development and care of the intact penis, and often know more about the subject than their son's pediatrician. NOCIRC has asked the Academy to educate pediatrician's, teaching them what should have been taught in medical school.

A growing number of health-care professionals, lawyers, ethicists, parents, and concerned individuals is counting on the American Academy of Pediatrics to take a leadership role. We expect this professional organization that is concerned with the health of infants and children to reveal the harm of genital cutting and to protect every child's birthright to keep his or her sex organs intact.

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