Announcement Archives

12/27/2013
Adam Brandolph 412-391-0927 Staff Reporter Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By Adam Brandolph Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 12:18 p.m. A Squirrel Hill rabbi botched a ritual circumcision, causing a “life-changing injury” to an 8-day-old...
12/23/2013
In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring Steven Svoboda on the cover of their magazine, their latest Autumn 2013 issue, along with two other activists on other issues. The issue reprints the fourth and final installment of Svoboda's...
12/20/2013
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 keeping her son intact. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
11/28/2013
On November 22, 2013, I appeared on the "Maria Sanchez Show." Maria is a longtime friend of ARC and intactivism; we did our first show together way back in the year 2003.   In this half-hour-long show, released by Maria on November 25 and...
11/28/2013
An Israeli court has imposed a daily fine equivalent to $140 on a woman for keeping her son intact. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
11/14/2013
In another positive development from Europe, Norway's Health Ministry is evaluating a proposal to regulate male circumcision. Here are two pertinent articles. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child http://rt.com/news/norway-ritual-...
11/14/2013
The Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, held on October 18-19, 2013, marked an awesome team win that activists for genital integrity were able to achieve when I debated...
10/25/2013
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'Neill's article, "'The latest anti-Semitic cry: ban circumcision," which appeared in the...
10/11/2013
On October 10, The Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology (NACS) issued a press release titled, "Statement on Non-Therapeutic Circumcision of Boys," clearly upholding children's right to bodily integrity and opposing male circumcision as...
9/30/2013
A historic event occurred today in Oslo, Norway. In a meeting today, the children's ombudsmen from the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland), and the children's spokesperson from Greenland, in addition to...
9/28/2013
Steven Svoboda presented on September 16, 2013 at the "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe--Recent Developments" conference held by Genital Autonomy in Keele, UK.
9/28/2013
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 representatives of four leading Swedish physicians' organizations declared that no medical reason exists to...
9/27/2013
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 a parent's right to have a male circumcision performed on a child. A press release in German from the court...
9/27/2013
Genital Autonomy organized the two-day conference titled, "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments" and held at the University of Keele in England on September 16 and 17, 2013. This was one of the most pleasurable and...
9/22/2013
On September 22, ARC sent a letter to the National Post and to Slate in response to Mark Joseph Stern's horrific article, "'Intactivists' Against Circumcision," which appeared in Slate on September 18 (http://www.slate.com/articles/...
9/13/2013
On September 12, 2013, I appeared on the "Maria Sanchez Show." Maria is a longtime friend of ARC and intactivism; we did our first show together way back in the year 2003. In this 40-minute-long show (available for playback or download here or...
9/10/2013
We submitted the below letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on September 9, 2013, in response to its recent one-page pro-circumcision article by Deborah Tolmach Sugerman titled, "Male Infant Circumcision." Questions...
9/8/2013
My appearance on Shelton Walden's longtime "Walden's Pond" radio show on September 8, 2013 went extremely well thanks to Shelton's skills as a journalist and his broad knowledge of the issues. In this hour-long show, aired on New...
8/31/2013
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 of part three of my article, "The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to...
8/31/2013
I will be speaking at the "Promoting Children's Rights in Europe: Recent Developments" conference organized by Genital Autonomy to be held at the University of Keele in England on September 16 and 17. My presentation–co-authored by...
8/27/2013
Brian Morris and colleagues have published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) a paper attacking the paper published earlier this year in the JME by me and Bob Van Howe, which critically analyzed the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) 2012...
8/15/2013
STRANGE YET FAMILIAR BEDFELLOWS: EFFECTIVELY ADDRESSING CHRONIC ISSUES ENCOUNTERED WHEN LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS SEEK TO PROTECT BODILY INTEGRITY J. Steven Svoboda
6/25/2013
We are pleased to announce that an article by ARC's Legal Advisor, Peter W. Adler, "Is Circumcision Legal?", has been published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest.
6/24/2013
Global Discourse has published on June 20, 2013 my attached article on genital autonomy, that is, on the importance of protecting all children from genital cutting regardless of whether they are male, female or intersex. The article also looks at the...
6/23/2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine is again featuring in their recently published Spring 2013 issue a reprint of part two of my article, "The Limits of the Law: Comparative Analysis of Legal and Extralegal Methods to...
6/22/2013
Springer has published the proceedings of the 2010 Berkeley symposium. This is the eighth and last such book. It is titled Genital Cutting: Protecting Children from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements and is edited by George C. Denniston,...
6/22/2013
The South African lawsuit resulting from the botched circumcision of a five-year-old boy has been decided in favor of the plaintiffs for R2.2 million or approximately US $215,000. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
6/17/2013
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, I appeared on Maria Sanchez' hour-long show, "The Maria Sanchez Show," on Los Angeles-based Internet radio station LATalkRadio.com.
6/12/2013
Health dept sued for botched circumcision South Africa Friday 7 June 2013 The national and Mpumalanga health departments are being sued for R10.7 million after a botched circumcision in which a nine-year-old boy lost the tip of his penis. A...
6/12/2013
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/baby-dies-in-israeli-hospital-following-circumcision/2013/06/07/ Baby Dies in Israeli Hospital following Circumcision The circumcision had actually been performed flawlessly, and apparently baby choked...
6/1/2013
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 award. Steven Svoboda Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
5/24/2013
The Journal of Medical Ethics has published my article, "Circumcision of Male Infants as a Human Rights Violation." This is part of the special issue on circumcision that also includes an article by Bob Van Howe and me about the AAP's...
5/22/2013
The Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the country's most well-known legal activism organizations, is representing the adoptive parents of an intersex child whose genitals were mutilated prior to the adoption.   The two articles below describe...
5/3/2013
On Friday, April 26, 2013, I appeared on Maria Sanchez' hour-long internet radio show, "The Maria Sanchez Show," based in Los Angeles (you can listen to the podcast below). The wide-ranging discussion was designed to update Maria...
4/23/2013
Attorney Peter Adler, ARC's Legal Advisor, submitted to the American Academy of Pediatrics' AAP News a response to Jeffrey L. Brown's recent article published in the April 2013 issue, "Medical-legal risks associated with circumcision of...
4/2/2013
On April 2, 2013, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child wrote to the Canadian Paedatric Society, urging the CPS to uphold children's rights to bodily integrity and genital autonomy in its policy statement on male circumcision, which is expected to...
3/27/2013
Our current project—perhaps one of our most important projects to date—is a paper we hope to use to advocate for legal changes in Germany with some intactivists with whom we are in contact there. The paper is being written for Springer and...
3/22/2013
Quoting from our press release, the Jewish Press favorably mentioned the article by me and pediatrician Robert S. Van Howe that was recently published by the Journal of Medical Ethics. Apparently the Jewish Press is the only weekly newspaper read by most...
3/20/2013
We are pleased to report that In Search of Fatherhood magazine has issued a press release today regarding ARC and regarding my work. While I was interviewed by the magazine for a 2009 cover article, more recently they have published...
3/19/2013
Oxford University's Practical Ethics Blog has issued an announcement (http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2013/03/announcement-journal-of-medical-ethics-special-issue-on-circumcision/) by the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) providing further...
3/16/2013
We issued a press release on March 16 announcing a new article appearing on March 18 by Steven and Robert Van Howe that criticizes the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP's) position on male circumcision.
3/16/2013
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 decision for the plaintiffs. The list is available at http://arclaw.org/resources/settlements-legal-victories.
3/8/2013
I spoke on October 18 at the Twentieth Annual Thomas A. Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, at the Medical University of South Carolina pursuant to a conference titled, "Ethical and Legal Issues in Pediatrics." I debated Dr. Michael Brady, a...
3/8/2013
We are pleased to report that The Journal of Medical Ethics–published out of Oxford and reputedly the world's top journal on issues of medical ethics–is on the verge of publishing two new article
3/8/2013
As reported in the two articles reprinted below, Canada's leading association of pediatricians, the Canadian Paediatric Society, is apparently preparing to issue a position statement that will soften its previous opposition to the practice and will...
3/8/2013
Queens Infant Disfigured in Botched Bris, Lawsuit Charges A new lawsuit alleges that a boy suffered disfigurement in a botched bris performed in 2011, after which the rabbi attempted to deceive the father into believing that the bris was acceptably...