The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the leading U.S. medical association for women's health practitioners. Although OB/GYNs specialize in health care for women, they also perform more than 70% of all infant male circumcisions in the U.S., offering the surgery as an "added service" to new parents.
ACOG already acknowledges that infant male circumcision is medically unnecessary, but despite public criticism their existing policy still allows members to perform male circumcisions for any reason. Members are discouraged from performing female circumcisions, however.
ACOG refuses to allow intactivist organizations to exhibit at their Annual Clinical and Scientific Meetings, thus depriving attending members from learning about the damaging effects of male circumcision. At best, this "keep out" policy is medical negligence. At worst, it is a deliberate attempt to perpetuate the lucrative and culturally ingrained practice of infant male circumcision by withholding crucial medical information from its membership.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
A Bill to End
Male Genital Mutilation
in the U.S.