Circumcision: German Court Says No Until Consent, What Do You Say?

In a controversial decision, a German court ruled boys must be old enough to consent to having a circumcision. How do you feel about the ruling? How did you decide about circumcising your son?

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to circumcision.

Religious groups protested the ruling by a German court that said a boy must be old enough to consent in order to be circumcised, according to the Huffington Post.

“The Cologne court ruling said the four-year-old boy in the case was not old enough to consent to have part of his body removed permanently and his parents should have let him decide when he got older. It gave no minimum age for this,” the Huffington Post reported.

In short, here’s what we want to know:

What do you think of the German court ruling? Do you think the same type of ruling should be made here? If you are a parent of a boy child, how did you make your decision on circumcision? Have you ever regretted it?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Jonathan Gerard July 15, 2012 at 04:55 AM
More on the health benefits of circumcision: Extensive studies have been conducted in Africa where the HIV infection and AIDS rates are at epidemic proportion. The results, as I’m sure you know, are astounding, so astounding that some of the studies were stopped midway because it was deemed unethical to NOT circumcise the control group. Circumcision alone -- with no other change in a person’s life or behavior -- reduces the rates of HIV infection by 50-60%. See below for the links to health studies.
Jonathan Gerard July 15, 2012 at 04:55 AM
(1) This link takes you to the abstract of a meta-analysis of 27 research studies of male circumcision vis-à-vis HIV infections rates. The researchers conclude: “Male circumcision is associated with a significantly reduced risk of HIV infection among men in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those at high risk of HIV. These results suggest that consideration should be given to the acceptability and feasibility of providing safe services for male circumcision as an additional HIV prevention strategy in areas of Africa where men are not traditionally circumcised.” http://journals.lww.com/aidsonline/Abstract/2000/10200/Male_circumcision_and_risk_of_HIV_infection_in.18.aspx (2) Male circumcision is endorsed by the World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/malecircumcision/en/ (3) This link takes you to a synopsis of a study that assessed, “the efficacy of male circumcision for the prevention of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and syphilis in HIV-negative adolescent boys and men.” This looks at circumcision beyond HIV infection. The researches conclude: “In addition to decreasing the incidence of HIV infection, male circumcision significantly reduced the incidence of HSV-2 infection and the prevalence of HPV infection, findings that underscore the potential public health benefits of the procedure.” http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0802556
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. July 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Angela Merkel of Germany said to leave circumcision alone for the Jews' and Muslims' sake...Let them practice their religious rights without government interference...Should the U.S. let the bishops get in the way of womens' rights too?
Liberalism is a mental disorder July 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
As our resident liberal whack job, I find it hard to believe you support slicing up a baby. How does this jive with your usual liberal whacko stance on everything else? Can't show an ID to vote, but you can chop bits of your baby off? Can't drug test a welfare recipient, but they can chop parts of their kid off. Come on you liberal nut job. Try to be consistent.
Liberalism is a mental disorder July 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Ya, for people in Africa who take a bath once a month.


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