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Tell Oprah: Take Baby Foreskins Off The Market

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The commercial use of baby foreskins amputated during "routine infant circumcision" is problematic on many levels. Making big business out of cutting healthy skin off of little babies renders our most vulnerable citizens even more vulnerable. With money on the operating table, newborns (who have no legal say in the matter) are more likely to be subjected to medically unnecessary surgeries.

Furthermore, parents are generally not informed that their baby's foreskin may be sold following circumcision. Doctors and hospitals profit from harvesting infant foreskins; cosmetic companies like SkinMedica - which Oprah Winfrey promotes - sell face creams containing ingredients derived from them (for upwards of $200 an ounce) to people who want younger-looking skin, no matter the cost. A single foreskin can ultimately generate as much as $100,000.

The families exploited in this equation are none the wiser and none the richer. In fact, they often pay $200 or more out of pocket to have their babies circumcised; no health organization recommends routine neonatal circumcision, so insurance companies tend not to cover it. Parents would surely be shocked to discover that skin they paid to have excised from their newborn sons' genitals is being used to keep the rich richer, and the rich and famous looking younger.

Oprah herself rubs cream into her face that contains infant foreskin-derived growth hormone. Not only does she do this on a regular basis, she promotes the company that makes it: SkinMedica. And when Oprah speaks, people listen.

Please sign this petition so that Oprah will listen to us.

Tell Oprah to stop endorsing SkinMedica, a company that makes products containing ingredients derived from human baby foreskin.

Thank you!


Letter to
Oprah Winfrey
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Oprah Winfrey.

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I am writing to ask you to stop endorsing beauty products made by SkinMedica, some of which contain growth hormone derived from human infant foreskins.

The commercial use of foreskins amputated during "routine infant circumcision" is problematic on many levels. Making big business out of cutting healthy skin off of little babies renders our most vulnerable citizens even more vulnerable. With money on the operating table, newborns (who have no legal say in the matter) are more likely to be subjected to medically unnecessary surgeries.

Furthermore, parents are generally not informed that their baby's foreskin may be sold following circumcision. Doctors and hospitals profit from harvesting infant foreskins; cosmetic companies like SkinMedica - which you promote - sell face creams containing ingredients derived from them (for upwards of $200 an ounce) to people who want younger-looking skin, no matter the cost. A single foreskin can ultimately generate as much as $100,000.

The families exploited in this equation are none the wiser and none the richer. In fact, they often pay $200 or more out of pocket to have their babies circumcised; no health organization recommends routine neonatal circumcision, so insurance companies tend not to cover it. Parents would surely be shocked to discover that skin they paid to have excised from their newborn sons' genitals is being used to keep the rich richer, and the rich and famous looking younger.

You are rich, famous, particularly beloved and uniquely powerful. So many people - especially women - look up to you; when you speak, the world listens.

When you use and promote beauty products containing ingredients derived from healthy skin that has been surgically removed from babies, and sold to cosmetic companies without parental consent, you are setting an example that hurts families.

Please set a positive example by taking a stand against the commercial use of human infant foreskin.

It is already out of fashion to promote cosmetic companies that test products on animals. You have the clout to make the world safer for parents and children by boycotting SkinMedica. Cruelty free should include babies, not just bunnies.


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Thank you,