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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Members of the Memphis chapter of Intact Memphis gathered outside Christ Community Health Center on Broad Avenue Friday to raise awareness about the complications possible from circumcision and stood up in honor of Baby Ashton, the victim of a botched circumcision.

Kathy Burrows was compelled to take action after hearing about Ashton, the baby who was left with a partial penis after what should have been a routine circumcision.

"It's heartbreaking," Burrows said. "Makes you sick to think about how that baby is going to suffer."

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Maggie Rhodes, the child's mother, said Christ Community Health Center is where the botched circumcision took place in August.

Intact Memphis wants parents to know circumcisions are not medically necessary, and complications are possible and can be devastating to the child.

"We believe genital autonomy is a human right and there are a lot of things we don't allow to happen to people without their permission," Borrows said. "So we believe that should be one of the things people should get to choose."

During the demonstration, Baby Ashton's great-great grandmother happened to drive by. Morlean Branch got out of her car to thank the people for standing up for Ashton.

"I can't sleep at night thinking about the pain that they put him through," Branch said. "He came in to be circumcised. I can hear him crying in my sleep."

Branch said circumcisions should stop.

Dr. Rick Donlon, CEO of Christ Community Health Center, said HIPPA rules prevent him from even confirming if a patient received care at the health center. In a statement Dr. Donlon said circumcision is an elective procedure offered at CCHC.

"Circumcision is an elective procedure offered by Christ Community. It has some medical benefits, but not many, so we consider it a family, cultural and sometimes a religious choice," Dr. Donlon said in the statement. "We have offered it safely for 18 years. It is a patient choice, never something pushed on patients in our setting."

"People just don't talk about it enough to realize that it's not the thing to do anymore,' Burrows said.

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