Feb 2, 2019 • 1HR 0M

Doctors Opposing Circumcision

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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph welcomes Dr. George Denniston, founder of Doctors Opposing Circumcision, who argues that male circumcision is unnecessary, unethical, as well as  physically and psychologically harmful. Then Public Citizen’s, Rick Claypool, gives us an update on how the Trump Administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy for border crossings and street crime does not extend to his buddies in the corporate world. Plus listener questions!

Dr. George C. Denniston is the founder and President of Doctors Opposing Circumcision. He is a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health as well as being a former Associate Medical Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A retired professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Denniston founded Doctors Opposing Circumcision in 1995.

“What we’re dealing with here is that the doctors are under a compulsion to do this (circumcision), because they have been harmed (by circumcision) themselves. They can’t seem to let it alone. That’s why I think the only way to treat this is to get a law against it. That’s the only thing they’re going to listen to.” 

Dr. George Denniston, founder of Doctors Opposing Circumcision

Rick Claypool is a research director for Public Citizen’s President’s office, where he focuses on corporate crime and wrongdoing and the ways corporate power distorts democracy. Mr. Claypool produces reports on a range of topics including federal enforcement against corporations and deregulation under the Trump administration.

“This obsession with immigration enforcement has distorted Justice Department enforcement. It’s at the point now where in border states only 6% of all the cases prosecutors are working on are not immigration related. Corporate and white-collar crime are a sliver of that 6%. Everything else (94%) is being focused on prosecuting first-time border crossers.” 

Rick Claypool, co-author of Public Citizen’s report “Corporate Impunity Worsens Under Trump.”

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