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(Bob's repost)<br><br>
One of the great problems getting the AMA and the ACOG and their ilk to stop the mutilations is:<br><br>
If they ever publicly admit that MGM is child abuse they leave themselves open to huge lawsuits. They don't dare admit that they have made a malpracice mistake of that gargantuan proportion. The class action settlement for a hundred million boys and men could financially ruin every doctor, medical institution and insurance company in the US. But because they don't dare admit malpractice, they stonewall the truth and the malpractice continues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I do not know how much of this talk of a "Blame culture" one should believe but I am fully aware that if an organisation of any nature of any sort released a statement saying "Whoops, we accidently sexually impaired millions but we'll stop now, we promise" their would probably not be enough lawyers internationally to handle the demand for lawsuits.<br><br>
Until there is a firm majority of intact men in America I doubt much will change, alas.
 

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I do think that the AAP could come out with a statement saying that circumcision should not be performed on newborns routinely similar to what is stated in the Canadian one. As far as past circumcisions are concerned they wouldn't likely be liable even as a lot of that goes by "community standards."<br><br>
So, unless a little boy lost part of his penis/had function impaired/other complications it would be unlikely that he would be able to really recover a lot from suing (or find an attorney to take the case).<br><br>
However, IF the statement was made by the AAP, and a doctor still went on to circumcise, then he could definitely be liable.<br><br>
Sadly, the AMA has very little ethical regulation. Irony being that lawyers actually have more charachter and fitness standards, and professional ethical boards who watch out and make sure that lawyers do not behave in unethical/illegal ways (or they are sanctioned/disbarred). They should have the same standards for Doctors IMHO...Doctors should not be able to practice medicine without medical ethics.<br><br>
I have doctors and lawyers in the family, and it is insane the sort of things that Docs can get away with. My brother used to joke about going out to the best steakhouse in town and "all you would have to listen to is a 30 minute drug talk). He went to dinners all the time, and TONS of perks, vacations, etc. Very unethical...but the AMA has great lobbying groups. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Don't get me started...(I still contemplate going back to school for medicine...but I am so naturally oriented I doubt I would fit in (I think I would have to be a DO instead of an MD at least LOL).
 
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