Vancouver will be filled with “inactivists” marching the streets to protest forced circumcision on both male and female newborns. Known as “Canada’s feistiest pro-foreskin advocacy group,” the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CFAP) will put on various demonstrations and rallies around Vancouver on August 4 and 5, letting their message of anti-circumcision be known.
According to the Huffington Post, the group will focus on expounding the alleged sexual pleasures of foreskin as well as lobbying the Canadian government to change the Criminal code to add:
“one body part, the prepuce (foreskin), to the list of specified sexual organs that can not be mutilated or removed before the age of 18.”
A protest will also take place at Dr. Neil Pollock’s clinic, who specializes in circumcision. The clinic’s website states the following:
” When parents are making a decision about circumcision they should be advised of the present state of medical knowledge about its benefits and harms. Their decision may ultimately be based on personal, religious or cultural factors.”
The Huffington Post also points out other anti-circumcision groups have been making the news, including Germany whose court recently ruled that “a child’s right to physical integrity trumphs freedom of religion and parents.” This caused much outrage among Jewish and Muslim groups, who use circumcision as a religious practice.
While the “inactivists” are saying circumcision is horrible and unhealthy, several studies have challenged otherwise. AIDS-stricken countries have shown an almost 60 per cent decrease in infection when circumcision is carried out in sanitary conditions and the removal of the foreskin can also reduce the risk of transmitting herpes for there is no place to potentially hide bacteria. There has also been found a lower rate of prostate cancer in men who have been circumcised before they first had sex.
What do you think about all of this? Should circumcision be a crime or is it a personal decision. Let us know in the comments section.