Leaked audio from a panel at the 2013 Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina reveals that member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) task force on circumcision doesn’t know the functions of the foreskin and believes no one does.
This audio comes from the open comment period of the conference, where Dr. Michael Brady and Douglas Diekema of the AAP task force on circumcision spoke with Steven Svoboda from Attorney’s for the Rights of the Child, and several other human rights activists. One of the human rights activists was asked to film the conference, but their camera was shut off after the first day. Thankfully, audio was still running, and this recording was obtained by the documentary film American Circumcision.
In the audio, Angel Alonso, a man who has his foreskin, asks the AAP if any of them know the functions of the foreskin. “I don’t think anybody knows the functions of the foreskin,” Dr. Michael Brady replies. Douglas Diekema agrees.
Steven Svoboda corrects both of them, citing John Taylor’s ridged band study, and numerous others describing the functions of the foreskin. Dr. Michael Brady replies, “no function is lost,” despite saying a moment ago no one knows the function of the foreskin.
Angel Alonso explains the functions of the foreskin to the AAP physicians – such as the gliding motion of the foreskin and the fact it does away with the need for lubrication. The AAP doctors reply that circumcised men don’t need lubrication either, despite the fact the United States is the largest market in the world for personal lubricants, and also has the highest non-religious circumcision rate of any industrialized country.
Dr. Michael Brady is currently a candidate for President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Shouldn’t the potential president of the AAP know the functions of the foreskin before cutting this body part off?
This article first appeared on GotNews.com.
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