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17 November 2014
On November 6, 2014, an appeals court in Florida upheld a ruling ordering the circumcision of Chase, a healthy four-year-old boy. The boy...
1 November 2014
I am extremely honored to have been named by Intact America as Intactivist of the Month for November.   The Intact America...
29 September 2014
Lawsuit filed claiming botched Clayton County circumcision The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Posted: 6:37 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 By...
29 September 2014
Leicester Mercury By Merc_Reporter  |  Posted: September 09, 2014 A doctor circumcised dozens of young boys in a filthy clinic on...
4 September 2014
via German Intersex activists, Zwischengeschlecht: http://stop.genitalmutilation.org/post/Intersex-doctors-start-feeling-the-pain
18 August 2014
Steven Svoboda will be appearing on the Chico, California Public Radio Station KCFR at 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) this...
20 July 2014
An article appeared in Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper on July 19 summarizing the Florida case in which a mother is struggling to...
20 July 2014
A Zimbabwean Senator has introduced a law to ban male circumcision. The language used in support of the bill emphasized children's...
1 July 2014
Two pieces of good news have recently come to pass.
30 June 2014
There were a couple of sobering developments in the month of June. First, the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in Florida includes...
4 June 2014
Criminal prosecutions have recently been started against practitioners of female genital cutting (FGC) in Barcelona, Spain and in Sydney,...
30 May 2014
A circumcision has led to terrible, potentially fatal complications in Denmark. The lamentable situation is drawing further attention...
26 May 2014
Legislation was recently introduced by Texas Republcan Congressman Steve Stockman to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998...
26 May 2014
A physician is standing trial in Egypt for the death of a 13-year-old girl resulting from a circumcision performed in...
20 May 2014
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The court fight continues for a 3-year-old boy whose father wants him to be circumcised, but his mother does not. At...
14 May 2014
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child has learned that a family court in Florida ruled in favor of circumcising Chase, a healthy 3-1/2-year...
14 April 2014
The Board of Health in Denmark has issued new guidelines for circumcision providing that a doctor must be present when a circumcision is...
10 April 2014
Members of Parliament in Finland are seeking to pass legislation to ban circumcision outright or to limit it. Steven Svoboda Executive...
10 April 2014
The case of an adopted intersex boy who was castrated at birth by North Carolina doctors passes another legal hurdle. The doctors now have...
29 March 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed against a pharmaceutical company for improperly selling foreskin-derived cosmeceuticals that...
29 March 2014
More good news from Europe: The Norwegian Nurses Union will stop performing circumcisions on their own without a ban. http://www.jta.org/...
21 March 2014
On March 3, 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics journal published a letter by J. Steven Svoboda in...
30 January 2014
A momentous debate regarding circumcision took place on January 28, 2014 at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. Video of...
21 January 2014
The Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) issued a document on January 20, 2014 in which they state that circumcision is a...
1 January 2014
A petition by lead author Ron Goldman was submitted with over 35,000 signatures to encourage the Israeli Supreme Court to rule in...
1 January 2014
We are pleased to announce publication of the 29th issue of the ARC Newsletter, our Fall-Winter 2013 issue.
27 December 2013
Adam Brandolph 412-391-0927 Staff Reporter Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Adam Brandolph Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:18 p.m...
23 December 2013
In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring Steven Svoboda on the cover of their magazine, their latest Autumn 2013 issue,...
20 December 2013
Israel's top court has put a hold on the daily fine previously imposed by a state rabbinical court of 500 shekels against a woman for...
28 November 2013
An Israeli court has imposed a daily fine equivalent to $140 on a woman for keeping her son intact. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the...
14 November 2013
In another positive development from Europe, Norway's Health Ministry is evaluating a proposal to regulate male circumcision. Here are...
25 October 2013
A detailed report appears in our newsletter issue Vol. 10, No.
25 October 2013
On October 23, ARC sent a letter to the UK-based weekly political magazine The Spectator (www.spectator.co.uk) in response to Brendan O...
11 October 2013
On October 10, The Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology (NACS) issued a press release titled, "Statement on Non-Therapeutic...
3 October 2013
As I learned in detail at the recent Keele conference, Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has been instrumental in some...
30 September 2013
A historic event occurred today in Oslo, Norway. In a meeting today, the children's ombudsmen from the five Nordic countries (...
28 September 2013
Two separate pieces of good news have come to us this week from Sweden. On September 24, Sweden's Ombudsman for Children as well as...
27 September 2013
For the second time in a little more than a year, a German court has ruled in favor of a child's right to bodily integrity and against...
27 September 2013
Genital Autonomy organized the two-day conference titled, "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments"...
7 September 2013
I am appearing with host and longtime colleague and friend Shelton Walden on his show "Walden's Pond" tomorrow, Sunday,...
31 August 2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring in their soon to be published Summer 2013 issue a reprint...
31 August 2013
I will be speaking at the "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments" conference organized by Genital...
29 August 2013
I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing with host and longtime colleague and friend Shelton Walden on his show "Walden's...
27 August 2013
Brian Morris and colleagues have published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) a paper attacking the paper published earlier this year...
23 June 2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring in their recently published Spring 2013 issue a reprint...
22 June 2013
The South African lawsuit resulting from the botched circumcision of a five-year-old boy has been decided in favor of the plaintiffs for R2...
12 June 2013
Health dept sued for botched circumcision South Africa Friday 7 June 2013 The national and Mpumalanga health departments are being sued...
12 June 2013
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/baby-dies-in-israeli-hospital-following-circumcision/2013/06/07/ Baby Dies in Israeli...
1 June 2013
A Chicago area family has won a jury award of $1.3 million in the case of a botched newborn circumcision. Below are two news stories on the...
24 May 2013
The Journal of Medical Ethics has published my article, "Circumcision of Male Infants as a Human Rights Violation." This is part...
22 May 2013
The Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the country's most well-known legal activism organizations, is representing the adoptive...
23 April 2013
Attorney Peter Adler, ARC's Legal Advisor, submitted to the American Academy of Pediatrics' AAP News a response to Jeffrey L. Brown...
23 April 2013
This Friday, April 26, 2013, from 9 AM to 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (noon to 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time), I will be appearing on Los...
2 April 2013
On April 2, 2013, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child wrote to the Canadian Paedatric Society, urging the CPS to uphold children's...
27 March 2013
Our current project—perhaps one of our most important projects to date—is a paper we hope to use to advocate for legal changes...
22 March 2013
Quoting from our press release, the Jewish Press favorably mentioned the article by me and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe that was...
20 March 2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine has issued a press release today regarding ARC and regarding my work. While...
19 March 2013
Oxford University's Practical Ethics Blog has issued an announcement (http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2013/03/announcement-journal...
16 March 2013
ARC is proud to announce the release on our website of a list of circumcision-related lawsuits that resulted in a settement or a favorable...
8 March 2013
I spoke on October 18 at the Twentieth Annual Thomas A. Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, at the Medical University of South Carolina...
8 March 2013
We are pleased to report that The Journal of Medical Ethics–published out of Oxford and reputedly the world's top journal on...
8 March 2013
As reported in the two articles reprinted below, Canada's leading association of pediatricians, the Canadian Paediatric Society, is...
8 March 2013
Queens Infant Disfigured in Botched Bris, Lawsuit Charges A new lawsuit alleges that a boy suffered disfigurement in a botched bris...
15 December 2012
Two Austrian circumcisers, a rabbi and a mohel of Vienna, are facing criminal charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm. The charges...
15 December 2012
In the wake of the landmark legal decision this past June in Cologne, German legislators have passed a bill specifically allowing infant...
28 November 2012
Germany’s official Paediatric Association, the Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärtze (BVKJ), has joined the Dutch Medical...
23 November 2012
The German parliament is debating two bills, one legalizing circumcision as long as it's "medically sound," and one banning...
23 November 2012
We would like to notify you of a recent petition on the White House website ‘We the People’ which calls for banning the...
20 November 2012
A decision has been handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada in a grisly case of a crude home circumcision. The decision, as alluded to...
20 November 2012
We are again very honored that In Search of Fatherhood magazine (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) has featured me on the...
15 October 2012
We are pleased to announce that an article by ARC’s Legal Advisor, Peter W. Adler, “Is Circumcision Legal?”, has been...
11 October 2012
Finland's third largest political party, True Finns, has renewed its proposal to ban ritual circumcision of boys.   The below...
11 October 2012
The Genital Autonomy 2012 symposium, held in Helsinki, Finland from September 30-October 3, proved a stunning success. The caliber of...
22 August 2012
In the wake of the Cologne court case, criminal assault charges have been filed against a German rabbi for performing circumcisions. Steven...
21 August 2012
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has published on August 20, 2012 a lengthy, generally good article about circumcision. I...
21 August 2012
We received the media release reproduced below and dated August, 21, 2012 from the Tasmania Law Reform Institute, announcing their release...
16 August 2012
Strange Yet Familiar Bedfellows—Effectively Addressing Chronic Issues Encountered when Law and Human Rights Seek to Protect Bodily...
14 August 2012
A poll shows strong opposition to newborn circumcision. J. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
14 August 2012
Jonathan Friedman, ARC's webmaster and newsletter editor, as well as head of Intact News, has written an excellent zine on circumcision...
14 August 2012
The Washington Post published a long story in their August 13th, 2012 edition on the position statement on male circumcision that is...
27 July 2012
I submitted a letter today responding to Josef Joffe's horrific op-ed in today's print edition of the Wall Street Journal. The...
13 July 2012
Massachusetts attorney Les Wallerstein kindly sent us notice of this major recent settlement in his state. Circumcision cases seem to be...
2 July 2012
Dan Bollinger points out an actual result from the German court ruling. As a consequence, Dan writes, some boys will escape the...
27 June 2012
A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter interviewed me for about 45 minutes for a feature article on intactivism and the recent...
26 June 2012
Important news: A German court has ruled that male circumcision, at least when performed for religious reasons, constitutes an assault on...
21 June 2012
Anthony Levin, the Director of ARC-UK, is giving a presentation that promises to be fascinating if anyone is going to be near Leeds, UK...
15 June 2012
We are very honored that "In Search of Fatherhood" Magazine (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) will be featuring me (...
15 June 2012
A Norwegian political party, the Centre Party, has called for banning male circumcision as an outdated and dangerous practice not...
13 May 2012
Two recent pieces of sobering news. Apologies for the imperfect Google translation of the second piece.   Steven Svoboda...
13 May 2012
Good news from Colorado, where intactivists led by Craig Garrett and Gillian Longley were successful at stopping a legislative attempt to...
12 March 2012
A Finnish Member of Parliament has proposed criminalizing male circumcision in Finland and has launched a formal government inquiry into...
11 March 2012
In February 2012, Slovenia's human rights ombudsman announced that "circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons is a violation...
11 March 2012
The American Medical Association has issued a report stating that nearly half of newborn US boys leave the hospital intact, the highest...
7 March 2012
Here are two recent news pieces that have recently emerged on the tragic death in New York City in September 2011 of an infant after a...
20 February 2012
The Swedish Paediatric Society is now calling for the banning of male circumcision as an assault on boys. http://m.thelocal.se/39200/...
6 January 2012
Click here to download the print version of our latest newsletter (ARC Newsletter Fall/Winter 2011)
27 December 2011
I appeared with host Shelton Walden on his long-standing show "Walden's Pond" on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011, on WBAI,...
20 December 2011
I will be appearing with host Shelton Walden on his long-standing show "Walden's Pond" this Sunday, Christmas Day, at 1 PM...
15 December 2011
ARC is proud to announce the release of our “know your rights” brochure for potential litigants, now available on our website...
30 September 2011
Federal HR Bill 2400 is designed to defend religious/medicalized infant genital cutting in the US. Under the Fifth and Fourteenth...
16 September 2011
The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) sent ARC an email on September 14, 2011 announcing that it has started a campaign against...
14 September 2011
The Dutch doctors federation KNMG has again called on ministers, MPs and human rights organisations to speak out against the practice of...
9 September 2011
On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the California State Legislature passed pro-circumcision bill AB 768 with little opposition. The bill...
28 July 2011
Judge Loretta Giorgi of San Francisco Superior Court held a hearing on Thursday, July 28, 2011, on whether the San Francisco ballot...
18 July 2011
A judge today said he will approve a $4.6 million settlement of a lawsuit brought on behalf of a boy who was the victim of a botched...
24 June 2011
Colorado has defunded Medicaid circumcisions, effective July 1, 2011 Colorado will thereby become the 18th state to not waste taxpayer...
23 June 2011
SAN FRANCISCO—A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Jewish and Muslim families in an effort to block a San Francisco ballot measure...
15 June 2011
Gatto Bill to Protect Male Circumcision By Jonah Lowenfeld June 15, 2011 link On Tuesday, Congressman Brad Sherman announced he is...
14 June 2011
June 14, 2011 1:00 PM link Washington, DC – Congressman Brad Sherman announced today that he will be introducing the Religious and...
2 February 2011
Thanks to my esteemed colleague and coauthor Robert Darby for recommending "The Golden Compass" movie to me. Although it received...
24 December 2010
As a very timely Christmas or New Year's gift for all of us, South Carolina officials recently announced that effective Feburary 1,...
5 August 2010
Fantastic news was revealed at the recent 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where Charbel El Bcheraoui, Ph.D. of the Centers...
12 June 2010
The reputable UK newsmagazine The Economist, in its June 12 print issue, examines female genital cutting (FGC) in some detail with...
28 May 2010
The Royal Dutch Medical Association published an official statement opposing male circumcision yesterday, which they forwarded to ARC this...
26 May 2010
A new circumcision decision-making tool is now available to provide infant or adult circumcision information. Visitors are guided through...
27 January 2010
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is set to release its new policy on circumcision later this year. According to a January 19, 2010...
12 January 2010
Somehow, observers in other, more objective countries stubbornly refuse to acknowledge all the supposedly miraculous benefits of...
4 November 2009
Friends and supporters, in case you haven't yet heard, some fantastic news came to us today, both for those concerned about genital...
29 January 2008
Thanks to John Forakis for this news item and commentary. Anytime someone is circumcised without his or her consent, or against his or her...
28 September 2005
First cut is the deepest: Published in 1987, Point Richmond pediatrician Edgar Schoen's "Ode to the Circumcised Male"...
18 March 2004
Doctors Opposing Circumcision issued this press release on March 18 regarding a libel suit Paul Fleiss and Frederick Hodges are bringing...
23 February 2004
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly February 23, 2004 Verdicts & Settlements Excess Skin Removed During Infant's Circumcision $110,000...
10 January 2004
In January a news item was issued by CNN.com regarding a Los Angeles couple charged with female genital cutting. To phrase things a bit...
8 December 2003
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly December 08, 2003 Verdicts & Settlements
25 August 2003
The Central Union for Child Welfare in Finland is an umbrella organization founded in 1937 whose members include 85 non-governmental...