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Pediatrician conference provokes anti-circumcision protest

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Whether or not medical advances were a topic of discussion at the 46th Annual Advances and Controversies in Clinical Pediatrics conference is uncertain but the three-day event in San Francisco certainly attracted its share of controversy. A group of protesters from the group Bay Area Intactivists assembled outside the conference venue while carrying signs calling infant circumcision "medical fraud" and doctors who perform the surgery "sex criminals." Some of the activists wore white body suits with faux-bloodstained crotches which turned many heads along the bustling city streets. Bright yellow caution signs posted outside the Westin San Francisco Market Street (the conference location) warned children to beware of "serial circumcisers at large." Many people who passed the demonstration (including some conference attendees) expressed support for the intactivists and agreed that non-medically-necessary genital cutting practices should not be forced upon children.

Members of Bay Area Intactivists hold signs condemning infant circumcision during the 2013 UCSF Advances and Controversies in Clinical Pediatrics conference in San Francisco.
A group of conference attendees including Dr. Edgar Schoen walk past a sign which warns "Children beware! Serial circumcisers at large."
One passerby gives a thumbs up in support of the protest while standing next to Bay Area Intactivists member Jonathon Conte.
Bay Area Intactivists member Lloyd Schofield speaks with a couple about the damage caused by circumcision.