Dad: Unjust rules made me run
The Toronto Sun, By Michele Mandel, May 2, 2004
DAVID FISHER is an American fugitive, one of the 10 most wanted deadbeat dads in the state of Massachusetts. But he lives here -- and wants to be declared a refugee.
At home, he is a villain with his face on a poster in the subways of Boston, a demon dad who owes more than $150,000 in child support to his three children and faces up to 10 years in prison for failing to ante up.
Yet Fisher comes across as a desperate father who was doing the best he could to provide his kids with $2,000 a month in support -- the American guideline amount to his $75,000-a-year salary as a computer programmer. It wasn't enough. A judge had ordered him to pay $4,000 a month and refused to believe that he could not find a job that paid Read More ../p>
When he left his marriage in 1998, he was making over $100,000 as a programming consultant. He willingly gave his family $6,500 a month for the first six months and then $5,000 a month for the next year -- far above the state guideline. At the end of 1999, with his contracts drying up, he went to court and won a temporary order to pay $3,800 a month.
At the same time, he fell in love with Kate McWilliam, an Ontario woman he had met over the Internet. His new romance enraged his ex-wife, he says, and his clients were harassed and his children were poisoned against him.
In late 2000, he lost his main client, there was no money coming in and he couldn't pay his tax instalments. He finally found a full-time job that paid $75,000 a year -- but he could now afford to pay only the guideline amount of $2,365 a month in support. Fisher filed a motion to modify his child support order from $3,800. Instead, the judge found him in contempt. By the time they finished garnisheeing his wages, he was left with $89 a week.
When he couldn't pay his mounting arrears, he was tossed in jail just before Christmas, 2000. He got a $5,000 cash advance he knew he could never repay, paid her and was released.
He took a $75,000-a-year job in Kansas and saw half of each paycheque garnisheed to pay his support. But every month, he was yet another $2,000 behind -- and facing prison.
"In the three years I spent trying to get divorced, I paid Ann nearly $170,000 tax-free dollars, had legal fees totalling close to $50,000, had offered to give my house and the $175,000 in equity that was in it along with 55% of my wages," he says. "The result was that I was labelled a 'deadbeat dad,' threatened with jail and threatened with further harassment."
Facing arrest yet again, Fisher was in a "blind panic" when he and McWilliam decided to flee in April 2001, eventually ending up in Toronto where he worked underground.
After his boss reported him to U.S. bounty hunters, Fisher claimed refugee status, insisting he faces cruel and unusual punishment if returned to the States.
"I tried to do everything I could not to break the law," he says, "yet I face 10 years in jail."
Male Circumcision, the unkindest cut
By Dr. Gifford Jones
Special to C-Health
ABC News, U.S.A., by Susan Donaldson James, March 12, 2012
New York City is investigating the death last September of a baby who contracted herpes after a "ritual circumcision with oral suction," in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish ceremony known in Hebrew as metzitzah b'peh.
The district attorney's office in Kings County Brooklyn is investigating the death of the 2-week-old baby at Maimonides Hospital, but would not disclose the name of the mohel or whether there would be a prosecution.
The 5,000-year-old religious practice is seen primarily in ultra-Orthodox and some orthodox communities and has caused an alarm among city health officials. In 2003 and 2004, three babies, including a set of twins, were infected with Type 1 herpes; the cases were linked to circumcision, and one boy died.
The mohel who performed the procedures, Yitzchok Fischer, was later banned from doing circumcisions, according to The New York Times. It is not known if he was involved in this recent death.
"It's certainly not something any of us recommend in the modern infection-control era," said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University.
"This is a ritual of historic Abraham that's come down through the ages, and now it has met modern science," he said. "It was never a good idea, and there is a better way to do this." (The modern Jewish community uses a sterile aspiration device to clean the wound in a circumcision.)
In the 2004 death and the more recent one, a mohel infected the penile wounds with Type 1 herpes I (HSV-1), which affects the mouth and throat. It is different from Type 2 or genital herpes (HSV-2), which is a sexually transmitted disease and can cause deadly infections when a newborn passes through an infected birth canal.
Neonatal herpes is "almost always" a fatal infection, according to Schaffner. "It's a bad virus. [Infants] have no immunity and so it's a very serious illness. Now we have another death -- an unnecessary, incredibly tragic death."
The Canadian Press
Dec. 22, 2011
VANCOUVER - A B.C. man who performed a botched circumcision on his four-year-old son on the kitchen floor of his home has lost an appeal of his conviction and been found guilty of a more serious charge.
The B.C. Court of Appeal has stayed the man's conviction for criminal negligence causing bodily harm and convicted him of aggravated assault.
Court heard the boy was born premature at only 2.5 pounds and could not be circumcised at the time, nor did his parents request it.
South Korean Doctors
Peak age of circumcision of males in Korea is 12 years old! Read More ..
UTIs are rare
"Of every 1,000 boys who are circumcised 2 will be admitted to hospital for a urinary tract infection (UTI) before they are one year old."
"Of every 1,000 boys who are not circumcised 7 will be admitted to hospital for a UTI before they are one year old. "
Sur 1 000 garÃ§ons circoncis 2 seront hospitalisÃ©s en raison d'une infection urinaire avant l'Ã¢ge d'un an.
Sur 1 000 garÃ§ons non circoncis 7 seront hospitalisÃ©s par suite d'une infection urinaire avant l'Ã¢ge d'un an.
Anyone who states that urinary tract infections are common among newborn baby boys, and therefore advocates that the genital mutilation of boys ( male circumcision) will stop urinary tract infections, is a liar or misinformed.
Besides, urinary tract infections are entirely treatable.
Men's News Daily Online
Commentary on the David Reimer botched circumcision / gender changed case
CanadianCRC editor's Note: Reminder about our policy: Many sides of an issue are expressed in articles on this website. Many articles contain points of view which should be heard but are not the position of the Canadian Children's Rights Council.
Read what the medical profession associations have to say on this issue
The BMA does not believe that parental preference alone constitutes sufficient grounds for performing a surgical procedure on a child unable to express his own view. . . . Parental preference must be weighed in terms of the child's interests. . . . The BMA considers that the evidence concerning health benefit from non-therapeutic circumcision is insufficient for this alone to be a justification for doing it. . . . Some doctors may wish to not perform circumcisions for reasons of conscience. Doctors are under no obligation to comply with a request to circumcise a child. Read More ..
Five-week-old infant died after he was circumcised at Penticton hospital
Vancouver, British Columbia
August 29, 2002
The Kamloops coroner is investigating the case of an infant who died last week from complications following his circumcision at Penticton Regional Hospital.
The five-week-old child was released after the procedure last Tuesday morning, but his parents went back to talk to the doctor later that day with concerns about bleeding. They returned home, but the situation worsened overnight, forcing them to rush the child back to hospital early Wednesday.
The infant was flown by air ambulance to Vancouver, where he died last Thursday in B.C. Children's Hospital.
"It certainly seems to be unusual," coroner Ian McKichan said yesterday. "It's definitely something that warrants an investigation, because it's a totally unexpected sort of death."
Deaths following circumcision are almost unheard of, but like any operation, bleeding and infection are the greatest dangers.
The case raises questions about an increasingly rare operation which stirs controversy in some circles.
"The bottom line is that circumcision is becoming a less-common procedure," said Dr. Morris Van Andel, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. "It's no longer an insured service -- it's considered an option. That makes it all the Read More ..stressing when you hear about something like this."
According to Penticton hospital officials, the operation to remove the foreskin from the child's penis was conducted by a physician with 16 years' practice in British Columbia.