Petition Closed

Nonreligious male neonatal circumcision first became widespread in the United States during Victorian times as part of an effort to reduce male sexual sensitivity, thus reducing instances of masturbation and promiscuity. Many recent studies have shown that neonatal circumcision of baby boys is highly traumatic and can have serious negative physical and psychological effects on men throughout their lives. This surgery removes three-fourths of a man's erogenous nerves, drastically reducing erotogenic or sexual sensation. Also, by removing what would become fifteen square inches of erogenous skin surface, neither circumcised men nor their female partners are able to experience sex as nature intended. Except in extraordinary medical circumstances, this surgery should be against the law in the United States, just as female genital mutilation was outlawed in 1996. This is a serious human rights issue that was one of the most frequently selected issues in the petitions initiated by Change.org before the Obama administration began in 2009. It needs to be allowed to surface again as a priority of the Obama administration.  

Letter to
Representative Jim Moran
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
In 1996, federal legislation was passed to make female genital mutilation illegal in the United States. Today, we call upon the President and members of Congress to pass similar legislation banning neonatal male circumcision, except in extraordinary circumstances. Nonreligious male neonatal circumcision first became widespread in the U.S. during Victorian times as part of an effort to diminish male sexual sensitivity, thus curtailing masturbation and promiscuity. Many recent studies have shown that neonatal circumcision of baby boys is highly traumatic and can have serious negative physical, sexual, and psychological effects on men throughout their lives. This surgery removes three-fourths of a man's erogenous nerves, drastically reducing erotogenic or sexual sensation, often causing male impotence. Also, by removing what would become fifteen square inches of erogenous skin surface on the adult male, neither circumcised men nor their female partners are able to experience sex as nature intended it. This is a serious human rights issue that was one of the most frequently selected issues in the petitions initiated by Change.org before the Obama administration began in 2009. A bill addressing this issue, called the "Male Genital Mutilation Bill," has already been written and is being considered now by the Massachusetts State Senate. Members of Congress need to read this bill and consider sponsoring federal legislation based on it. If he is not already aware of this issue, the President needs to be enlightened by the contents of this bill. This proposed legislation needs to be allowed to surface again as a priority of the Obama administration.