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When Mom Wars Go Too Far

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To any mother, the term “Mommy Wars” shouldn’t be new, or unfamiliar. We have all had someone size us up as a target, whether a co-worker, friend, or family member, ready to ambush us about anything from breastfeeding to sharing a bed with your little one to birth. But it seems like in the recent months, one group and debate has been making a bigger splash than others online.

Enter the circumcision debate. In the forefront of this debate is a group of advocates which call themselves “intactivists,” a term that refers to advocating that foreskins of baby boys remain intact and that routine circumcision be abolished.

On October 6th, 2010, a baby boy named Joshua died of complications from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS, a congenital heart defect. In the days before his death, Joshua’s family opted to have him circumcised and his mother blogged publicly about her feelings about his surgery. A group of intactivists got wind of the post and began to comment on Joshua’s mother’s blog. They accused her of killing her son, called her selfish, and left comments that even at one point made Jill, Joshua’s mother, openly question her faith in God. The harassment continues on personal web sites, Facebook fan pages, and Twitter.

Do you feel that such internet bullying is acceptable?

To read more on Danielle’s personal take you can visit : Internet Harassment & Terrorist Activists

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