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BERLIN -- A German court has ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm even if parents consent to the procedure.
Cologne state court said the child's right to physical integrity trumps freedom of religion and parents' rights, German news agency dapd reported Tuesday.
The case involved a doctor accused of carrying out a circumcision on a 4-year-old that led to medical complications. The doctor was acquitted, however, and prosecutors said they won't appeal.
So a co-worker and I got in a fairly civil discussion on this issue. We shared our opposing views regarding the actual practice of male circumcision being performed on young males where there is no immediate medical need for it, with me being opposed and he being in favor and we got into this whole back-and-forth for a while, with him citing things like hygiene and aesthetic appeal and myself citing things like how the foreskin isn't some extraneous flap of skin only good for collecting bacteria and stink but in fact an erogenous zone in its own right without which sexually sensitivity is significantly reduced, putting it somewhat on par (but not quite) with female circumcision. Eventually though, we cut to the core of the matter... which is whether or not parents have the right to force this operation on their children without their informed consent.
Eventually we did come to an agreement that they in fact do not, as the procedure is irreversible and the argument that "it's better to have it done while the child is too young to remember or care" just doesn't stand up to scrutiny and, if anything, is counter-intuitive as it completely rules out the possibility of males not wanting to be circumcised, which is usually the case with those who had a choice in the matter. The whole point is that as an adult, you're in a better position to make an informed choice. If you truly believe the benefits of being circumcised outweigh the costs, then, as with most surgical procedures, the pain involved shouldn't be a deciding factor.