Mamanurse, if you want to be inspired just read this over and over:
From the Third International Symposium on Circumcision
University of Maryland, May 22-25, 1994:
Look at these hands.
These hands have taken a newborn baby from his mother's safe warm breast
his father's sheltering arms, and these hands have tied this baby to a
hard platter and served him up to the circumciser.
These hands have readied the scalpel, even as they caressed the brow of
terrified baby as he struggled for freedom and searched my eyes for
compassion he did not find.
A tortured being has sucked frantically on this finger in a hopeless
to end the agony as his flesh -- his birthright -- is ripped from him
thrown in the garbage.
These hands have removed the diaper painfully adhered to the
wound between his chubby legs.
These hands have shielded my ears from his screams.
Nurses of America, I did not become a nurse to hurt babies, and neither
In 1992, with over 20 other nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe,
Mexico, I gave notice to my employers and declared I would no longer be
accomplice in the atrocity that is infant circumcision.
I have reclaimed my tattered soul and begun the process of becoming
I am a conscientious objector in the war against our infant brothers and
sons, and it feels wonderful.
Nurses of America, wipe the blood from your hands and join me!
Mary Conant, RN
[Mary Conant is one of the 24 heroic Conscientious Objectors to
nurses at St. Vincent's Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and co-founder
Nurses for the Rights of the Child