Germany: Religious Circumcisions Are CrimesJune 26th, 2012
Via: The Local:
Non-medical circumcision is a â€śserious and irreversible interference in the integrity of the human body,â€ť the Cologne district court ruled.
This criminalises religious circumcisions performed by Jews and Muslims, the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper said on Tuesday. It says circumcision should be considered a crime of bodily harm.
Thousands of very young boys are circumcised in Germany each year, mainly for religious reasons.
In the United States most boys are circumcised shortly after birth â€“ regardless of their religion, though the practice has declined in recent years and anti-circumcision protest groups have sprung up.
German doctors performing circumcisions that are not medically necessary have until now operated in a grey legal area. Until now they could claim that they were unaware that performing a circumcision is a crime.