Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger: Protect children's rights to bodily integrity. Age-restrict circumcision.
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Angela Merkel
German Chancellor
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
German Minister of Justice
Guido Westerwelle
German Minister of Foreign Affairs
Bundestag

Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger: Protect children's rights to bodily integrity. Age-restrict circumcision.

    1. Franny Max
    2. Petition by

      Franny Max

      Montreal, Canada

Congratulations to Germany for protecting the rights of baby boys! The Court in Cologne found that “The operation does serious bodily harm and only males old enough to consent to it freely should undergo it.” Circumcision always causes irreparable damage in that it removes healthy, functioning, highly specialized, innervated tissue.

Many baby boys and children under the age of 18 are circumcised in Germany and other countries against their will, often under the guise of religious reasons. Children should be allowed to choose for themselves once they reach the age of majority whether or not they wish to have their genitals permanently surgically altered.

Allowing males below 18 years of age to be circumcised whilst outlawing female circumcision of minors leads to a double-standard, and is actually sexual discrimination against males. All children have the right to genital integrity.

We urge you to please confirm the findings of the Court in Cologne with age-restricted circumcision to protect all children in Germany from any genital mutilation! This is not religious discrimination but protection of society’s most vulnerable members: babies and children, as mandated by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Children can always be circumcised once they are 18. If anything, permitting Jewish and Muslim communities to continue to circumcise their children would also be a form of discrimination against them. Jewish and Muslim children deserve the same protection from unnecessary, risky surgery as all other children, especially in light of the complications that can, and do, arise, such as excessive bleeding, amputation, infection, and death.

Thank you for defending the rights of babies and children, and for creating a moral precedent for the world to follow.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Bundestag Debate Circumcision

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      German pediatricians BVKJ rip into both GERMAN DRAFT LAW *AND* the AAP Circumcision Task Force report. This is ahead of their Bundestag testimony later today. It appears as though the abstract of the AAP rebuttal is a precursor to a larger report, which will be made in English.

      **YESS**

      http://www.kinderaerzte-im-netz.de/bvkj/kinpopup/psfile/pdf/70/121126_Ste50aa5e211e6a6.pdf

      Google translate- click this link for English: http://translate.google.com/translate?twu=1?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A//www.kinderaerzte-im-netz.de/bvkj/kinpopup/psfile/pdf/70/121126_Ste50aa5e211e6a6.pdf

      You can keep sharing our petition and getting your friends to sign...because the battle will not be over until a final decision is made. Thanks for your help! <3

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. 1331! This article is why we are signing! This doctor is a circumfetishist

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      "Dr. Ulus likes to listen to the French Suites by Bach while he severs the foreskins of his patients. Ulus, a pediatric surgeon in Cologne, says that classical music soothes the children. If all goes well, he has cut off a dozen foreskins by the early afternoon. "I uncover penises and show them the world," says Ulus.
      Hikmet Ulus is a cheerful man who has earned a small fortune as a pediatric surgeon. He is not a fan of the circumcision debate. Germany has been talking about penises for weeks now. It's become customary to discuss the pros and cons of life without a foreskin over lunch, and women too are contributing their experiences to the discussion. Circumcised and uncircumcised men are speaking up on talk shows, and Germans are discovering, willingly or not, which men in the circles of colleagues and friends are circumcised and which ones are not. Dr. Ulus feels that the discussion has become problematic. He advises parents considering circumcision for religious reasons to hold off

    5. 1200! You are all awesome!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Please continue to help us get the requisite number of signatures! Sign, share, Retweet, invite your Facebook friends and e-mail contacts, post to your blogs and pages! Thank you!

    6. 1010! Let's go for 1500! Please keep up the momentum!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all for inviting your friends to sign the petition, share it, e-mail it! and Tweet it!

      For a brief list of complications as per Stanford University’s own School of Medicine, see this link:

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. 934 yay! How much longer to get 1000?! Please help!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Why is it important to share and sign? Well, the Jewish pro-circ lobby presented Germany with a petition with 12533 signatures on Jul 12, 2012. Result? A few days later, Germany promises to MAKE A LAW guaranteeing parents the right to cut up genitals of babies (boys only though)! Ho crazy is that?

      Please also take a moment to sign this: http://www.avaaz.org/de/petition/Stoppt_die_Beschneidung_von_Kindern_aus_religiosen_Grunden/?fhtLpbb&pv=20

      And this: http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/leutheusser-schnarrenberger-sls-bmj-sch%C3%BCtzen-sie-k%C3%B6rperliche-unversehrtheit-von-kindern-beschneidung

      You can use Google translate to read thee petitions if you do not read German.

      Here is the link to the Jewishpress petition FOR CIRCUMCISION. See for yourselves: they were faster and more organized!

      Please DO NOT SIGN THIS: www.jewishpress.com/petition-against-germanys-ban-on-brit-milah/

      The video below shows what is entailed in forced infant circumcision. Turn up the volume!

    9. Yay, 800 reached!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      You are all awesome for signing, sharing, tweeting, and inviting your friends through the Invite Friends feature/ invite e-mail contacts. They are now working!

      Please see the video below, a mini documentary on Jewish circumcision. Many Jews and Muslims welcome the decision in Germany! They do not want to mutilate their sons!

      If you are Jewish or Muslim, please be sure to take the opportunity to explain why you support age-restricting circumcision. Thank you!

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. Help us reach 1000 by Sunday night!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Please take a moment to copy the petition URL, and send it with your complaints to [email protected] / [email protected], with a CC to me at [email protected] IF you have had problems signing/ sharing it. It seems to be that change.org is intentionally preventing people from sharing our petition, and causing problems with even signing it! Is there a pro-Jewish lobby intentionally messing up our success? It has been almost TWO weeks I have been asking them to please resolve the problem, yet they have done nothing. I am getting somewhat angry, and if you are in intactivist, you should be outraged too!

      Thank you!

    12. Great stuff! We have over 500 signatures!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign, and share this petition. Invite your e-mail contacts. Invite your Facebook friends. Get your friends and family to please sign! And please share on Twitter! All baby boys in Germany shoudl be equal under the law!

      Anyone having problems signing or sharing the petition, please e-mail me at [email protected] and send a copy to the [email protected] and [email protected]. Be sure to put in the subject: ticket #132188.

      Thank you!

      (For some unknown reason, folks at change.org are still 'fixing' the problem ONE WEEK later! Shame on change.org! Could it be that they have a pro-cutting agenda?) Tell them!

      This video shows what we are fighting to protect all children.

    13. Reached 500 signatures
    14. 300 signatures just now!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Please help us make this petition go viral! Please take a moment to post it to your Facebook profile/ pages, Tweet it, e-mail it, and Invite all your friends! Thank you!

      The link below is a reminder of why we are signing this!

    15. Reached 250 signatures
    16. Great stuff! We have 239 signatures so far!

      Franny Max
      Petition Organizer

      Can you please help us reach 400 by midnight tonight? Please re-post to your Facebook pages and on Twitter, and anywhere else you can think of! Thanks!

    17. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

      • 8 months ago

      Genital integrity is a human right. Genital surgery is NOT a parental right.

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    • Flavio Galvão de França SãO PAULO / BRAZIL, BRAZIL
      • 9 months ago

      The universal right for a choice, body and genital integrity must be granted for all individuals. I wish I've had the opportunity to decide for myself...

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    • anthony mollica POMPANO BEACH, FL
      • 9 months ago

      Circumcision ruined my life.

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    • Mary C TORONTO, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Please watch shows " Our Noble Lineage" on www.suprememastertv.com

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    • Valerie kennedy GLENDALE, UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because every child should have a right to make the decision for himself.

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