Welcome to the Genital Autonomy America website.
Genital Autonomy America has joined Genital Autonomy organizations in England, Finland, and Australasia. Through education and advocacy, we are dedicated to protecting the bodily integrity rights of all male, female, and intersex infants and children until they are old enough to make personal choices about their own bodies.
The Nuremberg trials following World War II exposed medical atrocities that led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which contributed to our current understanding of the fundamental right of every person to bodily integrity.
Worldwide, harmful cultural practices involving circumcision, genital surgeries, and other modifications of sex characteristics routinely violate the bodily integrity and genital autonomy rights of infants and children.
In the USA, the largest affected populations, in order of incidence, are male, intersex, and female children. This is not an issue of competitive suffering; the children's screams are genderless and deaths from genital cutting occur to male, female, and intersex children. The consequences of the pain and trauma last a lifetime.
Cultural conditioning, social expectations, religious affiliation, and parental preference do not take priority over the rights of the child.
The person who must live with the consequences of non-therapeutic genital cutting or other modifications of sex characteristics is the only person with the right to consent and that consent cannot be given until the age of majority (usually 18 years).
We invite you to consider the personal experiences of those who were subjected to these childhood violations, and to join us in advocating for the rights of vulnerable children.