Infant circumcision – medical necessity = genital mutilation + sexual abuse
Why these two doctors, and why now?
We are highlighting these two doctors together to make a number of points about human rights, the Constitution, and our changing society. It’s a story about two US doctors practicing child genital mutilation and the vastly different reactions from them, the public, and the government.
Dr. John Clapper continues to circumcise children, while Dr. Jumana Nagarwala has been arrested and prevented from doing so. Why is Clapper allowed and Nagarwala not?
You see, Dr. clapper mutilates infant boys, and Dr. Nagawala mutilates little girls. For that Nagarwala gets arrested, and Clapper gets paid.
The story illustrates the inevitable clash between Male Genital Mutilation, Female Genital Mutilation, and the Constitution.
“A Michigan emergency room doctor has been charged with performing female genital mutilation on multiple girls of about the age of seven.
The Department of Justice says it believes this is the first case brought under a federal law that criminalizes the practice, which is widely condemned as both harmful to the physical and mental health of women and girls and a violation of their human rights.
‘Female genital mutilation constitutes a particularly brutal form of violence against women and girls. It is also a serious federal felony in the United States,’ Daniel Lemisch, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said in a statement. ‘The practice has no place in modern society and those who perform FGM on minors will be held accountable under federal law.’
Jumana Nagarwala, 44, was also charged with ‘transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity’ — a reference to FGM — and making false statements to a federal officer.
The New York Times reports that she has been placed on administrative leave from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital, according to David Olejarz, a spokesman for the Henry Ford Health System.”
Wow, has the DoJ been reading this column? Dr. Clapper and other mutilators, arrested or not, should take note.
If the practice is “harmful to the physical and mental health” of girls and “a violation of their human rights,” common sense and the Constitution require that apply to all people, adult or infant, male or female.
Here’s some info about the Fifth Amendment and how equal protection of the laws gives infant males the same rights as their sisters:
Equal Protection of the Laws.
If the courts stretched Fourteenth Amendment “due process” to apply the Bill of Rights to the states, they stretched Fifth Amendment “due process” to require the federal government to afford equal protection of the laws. The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment forbids the states from establishing segregated schools or otherwise discriminating invidiously against some of their citizens. There is no equal protection clause in the Bill of Rights. In a case involving segregation in the schools of Washington, D.C., which as the nation’s capital is a federal enclave governed by federal law, the Supreme Court found that the Due Process Clause operates against the federal government just as the Equal Protection Clause does against the states.
So, if it’s a felony for Dr. Nagarwala, it must also be for Dr. Clapper.
The DoJ now correctly admits that the practice of genital mutilation for no medical reason is ‘criminal sexual activity.’ Many of us have been saying for some time that this mutilation is also sexual abuse by an adult on a minor.
See the statute felonizing FGM:
§116. Female genital mutilation
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), whoever knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.
(b) A surgical operation is not a violation of this section if the operation is—
(1) necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed, and is performed by a person licensed in the place of its performance as a medical practitioner; or
(2) performed on a person in labor or who has just given birth and is performed for medical purposes connected with that labor or birth by a person licensed in the place it is performed as a medical practitioner, midwife, or person in training to become such a practitioner or midwife.
(c) In applying subsection (b)(1), no account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is to be performed of any belief on the part of that person, or any other person, that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.
Pretty much prohibits any mutilation, ritual or otherwise.
Our goal is to inform the public about circumcision and add to the groundswell of public opinion that will ultimately end this madness. All doctors should refuse to perform circumcisions on moral and ethical grounds, including those listed here.
At one time the forced sterilization of the mentally ill was legal, but was ended when it was recognized that their human rights were being violated, same as infants who are as powerless as inmates in an institution.
Dr. Clapper’s practice information follows:
James Center Office
1628 S Mildred, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA 98465