A German court has said that a child’s right to physical integrity trumps religious and parental rights in a case involving a doctor who carried out a circumcision on a four year-old that led to medical complications.
The decision, which is not binding, has caused ‘outrage’ amongst religious groups.
By the way, the decision – since the BBC fails yet again to mention anyone other than the religious lobby – has also been the cause of jubilation amongst children’s rights defenders and people generally concerned with child welfare.
A Jewish organisation has said the decision ‘attacks’ ‘religious freedom’ and the ‘right of religious communities to self-determination’.
But it’s the child that must take precedence – and for once, he has.
There is some sanity after all.
As an aside, but actually central to all this, is the excruciating pain the four year old must has gone through for his parents’ ‘religious freedom’.
It makes me sick to my stomach…
Female Genital Mutilation is illegal; so should male circumcision. End of.