Pressing Action On Circumcision Uproar Sought by German Doctors

by Nancy Needhima on  July 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM General Health News
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An urgent clarification from German doctors is sought from the government over religious circumcision after a court ruling declared it a criminal act provoked an international outcry.
Pressing Action On Circumcision Uproar Sought by German Doctors
Pressing Action On Circumcision Uproar Sought by German Doctors

The German government had on Friday pledged quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys on religious grounds, and voiced concern about the June ruling by the court in the city of Cologne.

The court said the removal of the foreskin for religious reasons amounted to assault and battery and was therefore illegal.

German Medical Association president Frank Ulrich Montgomery told the Tagesspiegel newspaper on Sunday that the decision "created considerable legal uncertainty".

"From the beginning we warned that his culturally sensitive ruling was erroneous," he said.

The College of Physicians called on the government to act to prevent clandestine circumcisions and to ensure that "children do not fall into the hands of any butcher or any old health worker".

The Cologne ruling concerned a case brought against a doctor who had circumcised a four-year-old Muslim boy in line with his parents' wishes.

When the boy later suffered heavy bleeding, prosecutors charged the doctor.

Although the doctor was acquitted, the court judged that "the right of a child to keep his physical integrity trumps the rights of parents" to observe their religion, potentially setting a legal precedent.

Source: AFP

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Bhupatray Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A child is legally a minor till 18 and is under parental care. This implies that parents have the jurisdiction to do what they think best for the child. How can one deny circumcision when there is overwhelming evidence that it reduces the spread of several sexually transmitted diseases including HIV? If I did that as a parent, and if my child got HIV in adult life, I would feel I failed my son. Law is an ass-it yawns, Religion is a mule carrying voluminous loads and humans are the moronic prisoners of the past- the so-called "cultures." Let's wake up to the future and save our children's lives-they'll thank the parents when they become and live like adults.

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