- Mark S. DeFrancesco MDPresident ACOG
Stop Female Castration
- President ACOG
Mark S. DeFrancesco MD
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Mark S. DeFrancesco M.D.; President of ACOG.
As President of ACOG, you are surely aware that gynecologists "routinely" take it upon themselves to remove healthy ovaries when they perform hysterectomies for benign diseases. You must also know that 90% of hysterectomies are considered medically unnecessary - hence the reason hysterectomy is referred to as an "elective" surgery. The go-to "excuse" is that it prevents the possibility of ovarian cancer. However, the risk of ovarian cancer in women who have no family history of the disease is less than 1%. Meanwhile, removing the ovaries greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer of American women) and accelerates osteoporosis. Removal of ovaries is linked to a variety of diseases and cancers, not to mention mental impairment and sexual dysfunction. Sadly, women to whom hysterectomy is recommended are not made aware of these facts.
Most women do not know that when they agree to removal of their ovaries that they are agreeing to castration because the term castration is never used. Instead, they're told they will be undergoing some far-and-away sounding thing called "oophorectomy". No woman can give informed consent to ovary removal when she doesn’t understand that she is agreeing to castration. Castration (also referred to as gelding, neutering, fixing, orhietcomy and oophorectomy) is any action, surgical, chemical or otherwise, by which a male loses the functions of the testicles or a female loses the functions of the ovaries.
Castration is considered to be immoral and barbaric according to every country in the world other than Germany and the Czech Republic. More specifically, it's considered to be immoral and barbaric to sugically castrate convicted sex offenders. Indeed, the South Carolina Supreme Court held in State v Brown (1985) that surgical castration is a form of mutilation and therefore considered to be cruel and unusual punishment and illegal under the 8th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
If it’s considered morally wrong to surgically castrate rapists and child molesters, then why does ACOG maintain that the castration of millions of innocent women is Ok? Thousands of women are surgically castrated every single day in hospitals across this country. That works out to be approximately 9 women every 10 minutes. Clearly, hysterectomy and castration is big "business".
These women have committed no crime. Innocent and unsuspecting women agree to hysterectomy and wake up castrated. Do gynecologists not understand that cruel and unusual punishment is illegal? Do they think it somehow does not apply to women? And, what about a woman’s right not to be mutilated? ACOG, you have a lot of explaining to do.
Gynecologists must begin using the correct medical term "castration" when referring to ovary removal and ACOG must immediately include the term "castration" in the hysterectomy patient information pamphlet. Currently, ACOG does not even mention ovary removal. This must be addressed ASAP. It is both immoral and unethical to intentionally keep women "in the dark" about female castration. The castration of hundreds of thousands of American women is medical abuse at best and criminal at worst. Gynecologists must STOP the practice of FEMALE CASTRATION.
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