Prescott, J.W. (2010). Online letter “GENITAL MUTILATION OF CHILDREN IS TORTURE” to PEDIATRICS (29 April) concerning Policy Statement—Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors COMMITTEE ON BIOETHICS.

Policy Statement—Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors
Pediatrics 2010; 0: peds.2010-0187v1-20100187 [Abstract] [PDF]

The Committee's overconcern with "culturally insensitive language" transcends their cultural/medical indifference to the human pain, suffering and trauma inflicted upon these genitally mutilated children--an act of torture which escapes them. The Committee On Bioethics has forgotten the First Medical Ethic: “First, Do No Harm”. Click HERE


Online: Pediatrics 2010; 0: peds.2010-0187v1-20100187 [Abstract] [PDF]




James W. Prescott, Ph.D.,
Developmental Neuropsychologist & Cross-Culturar Psychologist

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The Committee On Bioethics is derelict in its duties by refusing to acknowledge that The Genital Mutilation of Children is Torture (Male and Female) and that the term “mutilation” has been abandoned for “neutrality”.


The author’s state: “It is paradoxical to recommend “culturally sensitive counseling” while using culturally insensitive language. “Female genital cutting” is a neutral, descriptive term.4”.


It is universally recognized that the stripping of the skin from the body is an act of torture, particularly, without anesthesia, and when perpetrated upon children. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirmed in Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” and confirmed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


The Universal Declaration on Circumcision, Excision, and Incision  was unanimously passed by the General Assembly of the First International Symposium on Circumcision (March 3, 1989) and later incorporated into The Ashley Montagu Resolution To End The Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition To The World Court, The Hague published in the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations (Denniston and Milos, 1996) and are posted at:


Letters of endorsement of The Montagu Resolution were received by Drs F.H.C. Crick, Jonas Salk and many other national/international citizens and scientists of the world, also available at the above website.


It was acknowledged that Federal Law establishes Female Genital Mutilation as a crime (PL 104-208), which was enacted on September 30, 1996 and the criminal provisions became effective on March 30, 1997. The 14th Amendment states “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”, which extends the criminal sanctions under PL 104-208 to male children. This reality has yet to be acknowledged by the Congress.


Attorney General Holder, Jr. was petitioned to enforce this law to assure this protection to male children, under the 14th Amendment.


Judge J. Flaherty (1978). In The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Civil Division. McFall v Shimp. stated in his OPINION:

."..."For a law to compel the Defendant to submit to an intrusion of his body would change every concept and principle upon which our society is founded. To do so would defeat the sanctity of the individual and would impose a rule which would know no limits and one could not imagine where the line would be drawn"..."Forceable extraction of living body tissue causes revulsion to the judicial mind. Such would raise the spectre of the swastika and the Inquisition, reminiscent of the horrors this portends. "An Order will be entered denying the request for a preliminary injunction."


The opposition to “culturally insensitive language” has negated the very essence of our humanity; denies what is meant by “human civilization” and is a betrayal of the core of medical ethics: “First, Do No Harm”.


James W. Prescott, Ph.D. Institute of Humanistic Science 1140-23 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958 302.645.7436

28 April 2010

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