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RECENT EVENTS GIVE FOCUS TO SYMPOSIUM ON GENITAL CUTTING

11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GENITAL INTEGRITY BEING HELD IN BERKELEY THIS WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 27, 2010

Recent events give a special edge to an international conference on genital cutting being held this week, organizers say.

The 11th International Symposium on Genital Integrity begins at the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday, July 29.

“In May, the American Academy of Pediatrics flirted with approving a kind of female genital cutting, even though that is illegal in the United States. Scores of boys have died of tribal circumcision in South Africa in the last few weeks. And a Cornell doctor has been testing a new method of cutting back the genitals of intersexed children – without knowing what sex they might want to be when they grow up. We see events like these as related, all breaches of the simple right of people to control the destiny of their own bodies,” co-organizer Marilyn Milos says.

“On the plus side, the Dutch Medical Association has came out unequivocally against male genital cutting and several more countries have passed laws against female cutting,” adds Georganne Chapin, Intact America Executive Director and Symposium co-sponsor.

Topics at the Symposium include the psychology of genital cutting and the people who do it, circumcision and HIV, how a prayer is being used to end female cutting in Somalia, and the complications of “routine” circumcision seen in a United States family practice.

More than 110 people are expected to take part. Speakers are coming to the Symposium from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, England, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand.

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For more information:

Marilyn Milos RN
National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)
[email protected]

(415) 488-9883

Georganne Chapin
Intact America
[email protected]

(914) 806-3573

The Symposium program, including all abstracts and speaker biographies, is here.