D.O.C. (Doctors Opposing Circumcision) had an exhibit booth at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting in San Francsciso, October 17-19, 1998, staffed by Morrie Sorrells, M.D. (D.O.C.), Marilyn Milos, R.N. (NOCIRC), Steve Scott, NOCIRC Educational Outreach Coordinator (NOCIRC of Utah), and Steven Svoboda, Esq. (Attorneys for the Rights of the Child). Staffers surveyed pediatricians on seven points to find that, of those polled, 13% do not know the functions of the forekin; 22% do not know to leave the foreskin alone, to wash only the exterior genitalia, and to allow the child to retract his own foreskin; 84% do not know that 99% of children's foreskins are fully retractable by age 17; 25% do not know that the U.S. is the only country that circumcises a majority of its infants for non-religious reasons; 16% do not know the non-surgical alternatives for urinary tract infections, phimosis and paraphimosis, genital cancers, and sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS); 27% do not know that their primary responsibility is to provide medical care based on the child's needs; and 35% do not know that the long-term consequences to men's health have never been investigated by the medical community.

When asked what it would take to change their minds about circumcision, four pediatricians answered:

"A million dollars!" Thomas Wiswell, M.D. [Possibly Dr. Wiswell thought this response was humorous, but, because circumcision is motivated, at least in part, by economics, it really was less funny than even he may have realized.]

"If I changed my mind, I would have to put a gun to my head." Retired pediatrician who claims to have performed 10,000 circumcisions.

"It's the obstetricians who do the circumcisions and, for them, it is economics. We pediatricians are too whimpy to challenge them because we need their referrals." Anonymous

"I'd be delighted if I never had to do another one. The question is to have the moral courage not to do it." Anonymous

Taken from NOCIRC News.

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