FEBRUARY 2019

Hard At Work

Happy New Year

Thank you for staying engaged and supportive of Intact America's efforts in the New Year. We're excited to launch and share with you a series of projects and campaigns to continue our momentum toward the tipping point. In case you missed it, be sure to read our founding executive director Georganne Chapin's recent blog post, "The Power of You".

Happy Valentine's Day (2018 re-publication)
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which means that the card, flower and candy companies are hoping you’ll buy their wares for your friends, family and lovers.

But it's not just about these traditional gifts. A recent CNN poll found that an astonishing 85% of men and women say that sex is an important part of the Valentine celebration, and that half of the respondents said they'll be disappointed if they don't "get lucky" on the 14th. Furthermore, nearly a third plan to buy a "more specifically sex-oriented gift" for the occasion. Read more >>

 

NEWS & UPDATES:


Intact America blog: "International Hypocrisy Day 2019", by Georganne Chapin. Read more >>

KPFA-FM: "UpFront" featuring Georganne Chapin. Listen >>

Cosmopolitan: 4 guys get real about being uncircumcised. Read more >>

Daily Mail: Circumcision should be illegal: Expert claims public figures are too scared to call for a ban over fears they could be branded anti-Semitic or Islamophobic. Read more >>

The Conversation: Neonatal circumcision could increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies – new research. Read more >>

Green Med Info: The Foreskin - Why is it such a secret in North America? Read more >>

CNN: Mother becomes first person found guilty of FGM in UK. Read more >>

New Statesman America: On the issue of circumcision, I wonder If Men’s Rights Activists have a point. Read more >>

Washington Blade: Intersex activists denounce infant surgeries. Read more >>

Saying farewell to Dr. Antonio Amortegui:

Your Whole Baby of Pennsylvania regrets to announce that our medical advisor, Dr. Antonio Amortegui, passed away on 20 December 2018. Dr. Amortegui volunteered as the medical advisor for NOCIRC-Pennsylvania in 2003 and continued this role with Your Whole Baby.

Antonio was passionate about educating parents and medical professionals on the harm of male genital cutting. He co-signed letters, met with hospital and insurance officials, and lobbied for defunding Medicaid coverage of infant male circumcision. Antonio was one of the unsung intactivists working to protect children…he will be missed. Obituary >>

 

 

INTACT AMERICA'S "VOICES" SERIES — ALL OF YOU!


In this month’s Voices essay, we wanted to take the time to acknowledge our constituents. For the last few months, we've received many of thoughtful letters in response to our emails and alerts, and we want to let you know how grateful we are for each one of you. We don't always have time to respond to every email, but we hope you realize that we appreciate you all the same. Here are just a few notes that we wanted to share with our larger audience.

"I am so glad that you and Intact America are here. It gives me a glimmer of hope in a world of sanctioned evil. I do not know how you do it, as this subject is just too hard hitting and emotional for me to deal with daily. Thank you again so much. I am eternally grateful." -- Kirk C.

"Thank you for your kind message. And for the good interview you gave to the film American Circumcision !

We are a few people here in Norway and Scandinavia trying to make a difference.

With the very best wishes from Oslo." -- Finn Iunker

"Just wanted to send a special thank you for all you do. The tipping point has begun. American Circumcision is trending on Netflix." -- Paul Swanson

"I am a nurse and I have felt like a lost soul who has been looking for a cause and purpose that really matters (to me) for over a decade now. I feel my job and the work that I currently do is important and necessary but is unfulfilling to me personally. I am only an LPN, but I feel I that my calling and my potential has not been fully realized yet. I have read about your organization and seen the documentary on Netflix about your organization and it touched my heart and affected me deeply. I would love the opportunity to be involved in your organization, even if only in a small way."
-- Rheannon Valentin

"Thank you for your very important work!" -- Skye Byrne

"Congratulations on your activism! I've been at it since May '60 after witnessing routine infant circumcision as a student nurse. Best wishes for your activism efforts." -- B. Maurene White

Interested in lending your voice? Send an email to [email protected], giving us a brief summary of what you would like to write about, and we will get back to you.

 

DO YOU KNOW THAT NURSES ARE RANKED THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION(ALS)?


For the 17th consecutive year, a Gallup Poll for the Most Trusted Professionals found that 84 percent of Americans rated the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as “very high” or “high.”

Medical doctors and pharmacists were next on the list, rated at 67 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

Of course, being considered trustworthy doesn’t necessarily equate with being knowledgeable. This is especially true when it comes to knowledge about the foreskin.

The pediatric literature is clear: An intact foreskin should never be forcibly retracted. Yet, a national survey conducted in 2018 by Intact America revealed that a staggering 43 percent of intact boys have had their foreskins forcibly retracted by an adult at least once by the age of seven. Close to half of these forcible retractions were done by doctors, and nine percent were done by nurses.

In a medical malpractice suit filed last year against Children’s HealthCare of Atlanta (a large pediatric hospital), it was a nurse who forcibly retracted Leon Parks’ foreskin, and who – when told by his mother not to do that – insisted that she was putting the baby at risk for infection if she did NOT regularly retract his foreskin.

These findings – about the high esteem in which American nurses are held, and the irrefutable fact that nurses are not well-informed about foreskin anatomy and foreskin care – tell us how important it is to get the right information into the hands of the medical professionals who treat our children.

Intact America’s Made to Stick campaign is reaching out to professional medical associations and asking them to educate their membership. We are telling pediatricians and nurses that their ignorance of the facts – and the AAP’s own policy – is harming the very children they take an oath to protect. Further, we are putting them on notice that if they continue to push for forcible retraction of intact boys’ foreskins, they are exposing themselves to the same kind of legal jeopardy currently being faced by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, in the Parks lawsuit.

Stay tuned for more information about our Made to Stick campaign. In the meantime, download our “Foreskin Facts” and “Intact Care Guide” flyers. Bring this information with you to medical appointments and share them with your child’s caregivers.

Let’s help to give nurses (and doctors) the tools they need to truly merit the public’s trust.

 

 

INTACT AMERICA IS ON YOUTUBE!


Every week, our YouTube curator and former Intactivist of the Month, Shelton Walden uploads both new and vintage clips related to circumcision in the United States and beyond.

Feel free to browse our videos and audio files, and share them with friends. Subscribe today!

 

 

ADD INTACT AMERICA AS YOUR AMAZONSMILE CHARITY


Do you shop frequently on Amazon.com? Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber? If so, be sure to add Intact America (registered under Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality) as your AmazonSmile charity.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. However, the difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Remember, every purchase helps to support Intact America's efforts to protect boys and the men they'll become. Sign up for AmazonSmile today and designate Intact America (Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality) as your charitable organization!

 

 

 

CHECK OUT OUR INTACTIVIST GEAR


Visit Intact America's online store to browse fun intactivist gear that helps spread our message.

Intact America is now selling Intact America coffee mugs. Show your support for Intact America wherever you go with these intactivist mugs!

 

Remember, every purchase helps to support Intact America's efforts to protect boys and the men they'll become. Order yours today!

 

 


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