American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
"American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists" (ACOG) is the name of the largest gynecological and obstetric trade association in the United States, based in Washington, DC, with over 55,000 members, over 90 percent of U.S. obstetrician-gynecologists. ACOG is a nonprofit organization of women's health care physicians advocating highest standards of practice, continuing member education and public awareness of women's health care issues. Members of ACOG are specialists in women's bodies ("Our Specialty is Women’s Health") (see: Official website). Although a common practice, non-therapeutic male circumcision by obstetricians is outside of the practice area of obstetricians.
ACOG joined with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008 to produce a circumcision policy statement that would protect third-party payment for medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic circumcision. Charles LeBaron, MD represented ACOG. That statement was not published until 2012 by the AAP. ACOG endorsed the statement prior to publication.
In September 2012, ACOG updated its FAQ on the topic Newborn Circumcision. Thereby ACOG repeats the (now disproved) allegations of the WHO and the AAP, circumcision that medically-unnecessary. non-therapeutic circumcision would have more advantages than disadvantages and would protect against various diseases. ACOG has not recognized that baby boys are human persons who have a right to the integrity of their persons under international human rights law and domestic law. ACOG provides no information to parents on the nature and function of the foreskin, which is amputated by circumcision. ACOG does not discuss the conflict of interest between the infant boy's rights to his bodily integrity, his foreskin, his human rights, and his well-being; and the obstetrician's interest in maximizing his income. This is a serious breach of medical ethics, which requires complete disclosure of all material information before granting informed consent.
Members of ACOG perform more male circumcisions in the US than either pediatricians or family doctors, so ACOG is a strong supporter of medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic child circumcision.
- Official website. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
- Wikipedia article
Newborn Male Circumcision. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- Childs, Nathan D. (July 1997): Many Pediatricians Performing Circumcisions Survey Tells Who Is Making the Cuts, in: Pediatric News. 31 (7): 34. Retrieved 15 October 2012.