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Tell Oprah: Take Baby Foreskins Off The Market
  • Petitioned Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

Tell Oprah: Take Baby Foreskins Off The Market

    1. Emily Bem
    2. Petition by

      Emily Bem

      Austin, TX

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!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Signature Count (4/12/12)

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      330 have signed since the petition opened just over two months ago. Are you one of them?

      If not, why not? Go on, lift a finger or two...

      Thanks for signing! Let's keep fighting to save babies.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Signature Count - Day 2 (2/6/12)

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      197 people signed within the first 48 hours!

      At this rate, we'll get Oprah's attention before too long...

      Thanks, all!

    5. Signature Count - Day 1 (2/5/12)

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      150 people signed this petition within the first 24 hours.

      Thanks for helping to change the world, everyone!

    6. Guess what helpes with "undereye bumps"?

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      Oprah Magazine recommends "Skin Medica Retinol Complex, $50".
      I wonder if that's one of the products they make that contains material derived from infant foreskin? Hmm...probably best to boycott the whole company!

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. The Foreskins in Oprah's Facecream

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      An article on Dr. Momma's Peaceful Parenting website minces no words.
      (CAUTION: graphic photo)

    9. SkinMedica's Secret Ingredient?

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      Foreskin Fibroblasts!

    10. Article asks: Is Baby Penis Skin the New Botox?

      Emily Bem
      Petition Organizer

      Don't try this at home!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Wesley Cragg MISSION, CANADA
      • 26 days ago

      This is human body parts trafficking and you should be disgusted with yourself.

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    • Ted Brown MEEKER, OK
      • about 1 month ago

      foreskin is not a birth defect stop circumcision.

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    • Karen Glennon SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV
      • about 1 month ago

      Trafficking in human organs is illegal. All people should have autonomy over their own bodies. Forced genital cutting is a human rights violation.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Marilyn Milos SAN ANSELMO, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      It is unconscionable to amputate a normal part of a baby's body and then to commericialize use of the purloined body part of a non-consenting minor for profit!

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    • Ragon LeMaire KAPLAN, LA
      • about 1 month ago

      Because I was circumcised and it caused me lots of problems

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