Dr. Raymond Lackore has been placed on the “Known Genital Mutilators” directory at neonatalcutting.org.
From Dr. Lacklore’s website vbgyn.com:
“I insist on treating patients as human beings and not numbers, seeing one patient at a time and trying to be honestly helpful. Our entire staff strives to live out the mission of Art And Science Of Obstetrics and Gynecology PC: to Treat You With the Best Possible Balance of Compassionate Caring (Art) and Technology (Science)
I have practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Virginia Beach, Virginia since 1984.
BS Chemistry, Univ. Fla (1974) with Honors
MD Univ. S. Fla. College of Medicine (1977)
Ob-Gyn Residency Mayo Clinic (1981)
Board Certified Ob-Gyn (1983)
Fellow of American College of Ob-Gyn (1985)
Personal: I am a committed husband, father and grandfather. I have been with my beautiful wife Cindy since 1973. She is a successful flameworkglass artist who can usually be seen at the Virginia Beach, Boardwalk Art Show. My oldest daughter, Jayme, works for Google in Boston, Ma. My youngest, Melinda, is a practicing Physician Assistant just outside Charlotte N.C. My life revolves around my practice of medicine, my family, personal fitness, acoustic guitar and my Bengal and Abyssinian cats.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
North American Menopause Society
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Virginia Beach Medical Society.”
So, this Obstetrician/Gynecologist – who is a specialist in female anatomy – also takes on certain male patients (infants) and circumcises them. He has no pediatric training, no training about the function of the foreskin, and yet performs the extraordinary act of amputating part of a newborn’s penis.
To say nothing of the risks, this is unethical and a human rights violation: no one but the patient, in this case the infant, can consent to permanent genital mutilation – no parent, no doctor.
Not under “Surgery” but under “Obstetrics” we see “Circumcision” and then the usual list of supposed benefits, debunked here. Then we see “Myths and Lies about Circumcision,” a masterpiece itself of lies and pro-circumcision misinformation; here’s a few listings, remember, these are supposed MYTHS:
Parents have no right to inflict circumcision on their sons.
An infant cannot make his own decision to be circumcised (just as he cannot
make his own decisions about immunisation, religious upbringing, choice of
schooling, etc). Parents have a right and duty to make, on behalf of a child, those
decisions which he cannot make for himself. It is thus up to the parents to make the
decision based on what they see as the benefits and risks. They make many other
far-reaching decisions for their children every day, so why not this one too?
Furthermore, in a number of cultures the religious or social norm is for boys to be
circumcised. Boys not circumcised in accordance with these norms will not fit in
with their cultural heritage and will grow up regretting their parents’ inaction.
Circumcision removes Taylor’s ridged band.
Taylor ‘discovered’ this ‘ridged band’ at the tip of the foreskin by studying less than
a dozen dead bodies! This was by no means a scientific study. On the basis of these
few observations he postulates (ie. guesses) that there is a band of tissue at the tip
of the foreskin with an erotic purpose. He fails to recognise that these men might,
like so many uncircumcised men, have been suffering from phimosis or that rigor
mortis, which would have already set in, might itself be the explanation. In practice
the small ring of muscle there is simply to hold the tip lightly closed to prevent dirt
The foreskin contains specialized nerve endings.
All nerves are specialized. There is nothing more or less special about those in the
foreskin compared with those elsewhere in the body. The glans, rather than the
foreskin, contains the majority of the sexually sensitive nerves – which don’t usually
get fully stimulated when sex is experienced through the foreskin.
“Immunisation, religious upbringing, choice of schooling” are mostly good things that we use to improve our children’s lives, nonsurgically; comparing that with medically unnecessary genital mutilation is ridiculous. Denying the existence of the ridged band and special nerve endings of the foreskin should make anyone suspicious about the motives behind this pro-circumcision stance.
More from the website:
COMPLICATIONS: rate of 1.5% for newborns – Greater when the procedure is performed by an inexperienced operator, in unsterile conditions, or when the child is at an older age.
Bleeding: usually stop with simple pressure – rarely requires sutures.
Infection: between 1 and 100 and 1 and 1000 cases, most treated with antibiotic ointments.
Serious spreading infections: occur in perhaps 1 in 4000 cases.
Removal of either too much or too little foreskin – actually the most common complaint of parents.
Require plastic surgery: 1: 15,000.
Circumcision does not appear to have a negative impact on sexual function.
TECHNIQUE: Devices such as the Gomco and Mogen clamps are commonly used in the USA. The amount of foreskin to be removed is estimated (an imperfect process). The foreskin is separated from the tip of the penis. The circumcision device is placed and finally – the foreskin is removed.
PAIN MANAGEMENT: Unmedicated circumcision causes pain so the use of pain medicine is strongly recommended. First the infant is distracted with a pacifier and sugar water. Then local anesthesia gently injected with an incredibly tiny 30 guage needle providing a “ring block” – the most effective technique and more effective that EMLA cream. A quicker procedure reduces duration of any pain; therefore use of the Mogen clamp has been found to result in less pain than the use of the Gomco clamp or Plastibell. Some online sources suggest that if the procedure is done “rapidly” then no xylocaine is needed – I respectfully but profoundly disagree. I can easily do the procedure well (with excellent anatomic outcome) in 60-90 seconds – if I ignore the infant’s screaming – I believe this is unacceptable – I stopped doing this over a decade ago. It takes no more than 12-15 minutes to dramatically (a day and night difference) reduce the infant’s discomfort.
MAJOR MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS: No major medical organization recommends or bans circumcision. Ethical and legal questions have been raised over neonatal circumcision.
SEXUALITY: Circumcision does not appear to decrease the sensitivity of the penis, harm sexual function or reduce sexual satisfaction. The Royal Dutch Medical Association’s 2010 Viewpoint mentions that “complications in the area of sexuality” have been reported. Circumcision opponents emphasize anecdotal testimonials as evidence.
Chilling descriptions of complications, procedures, and screaming infants is bad enough, and then lying about no loss of sexual satisfaction. The list of risks and complications is incomplete – which includes death; you can see that here.
Watch this ‘touching’ video where Lackore gently describes how he and his all female staff help with “women’s health conditions” – apparently one way they help is providing women with a surgical solution to that stubborn infant foreskin problem.
Under “Gynecology” we see “Domestic Violence” and I’m not kidding, it says – this from a circumciser – “ARE YOU BEING ABUSED?”
ALERT MGM 101 Video – “An Elephant in the Hospital” A classic video and a must see for anyone considering circumcision.
Dr. Lackore’s practice information follows:
Virginia Beach Address:
1101 First Colonial Road Suite 100
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
After Hours: 757-455-3584