Circumcision ban

Berlin hospitals stop ritual circumcisions

By Toby Axelrod, July 5, 2012

Two hospitals in Berlin have cancelled planned ritual circumcisions after a Cologne District Court last week ruled the religious practice to be a criminal act.

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Brit milah and religious health

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 5, 2012

If it wasn't so serious, the decision of the district court in Cologne to brand circumcision a criminal act would be almost humorous.

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Prejudice returns

June 29, 2012

The idea that any court, anywhere in the world, might take it upon itself to criminalise male circumcision is troubling enough. The fact that it was a German district court that did so this week is deeply disturbing.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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Swedish anti-hate tsar leads fight against brit

By Anna Ekstrom, January 26, 2012

For almost two months, prominent members of Swedish society have been campaigning for a ban on traditional male circumcision.

The most vocal advocate of anti-circumcision legislation is Bengt Westerberg, former leader of the liberal People's Party. However, Mr Westerberg also chairs a government committee set up to combat antisemitism and other forms of racism.

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New moves could regulate circumcision

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2011

There are fears that Jewish circumcision in the UK could be regulated by NHS bodies for the first time, following a move to curb malpractice in other ethnic groups.

Last week the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Partnership, a joint arm of NHS and Social Services, released a leaflet to GP surgeries and hospitals offering guidance for parents on circumcision.

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Another blow in California for anti-circumcision activists

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

The Governor of California has signed a law which will effectively prevent groups from attempting to ban circumcision.

Jerry Brown said on Sunday that he had signed the bill making it illegal for local authorities to ban the practice.

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Relief as judge blocks vote to ban the brit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

In the end, it was a battle that even Foreskin Man could not win.

Nearly nine months after campaigners in San Francisco launched a bid to make the circumcision of males under the age of 18 illegal, a judge ordered the measure to be removed from a public vote.

San Francisco residents had been set to vote on a ban in November, after the controversial proposal attracted more than the minimum 7,

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Victory in San Francisco circumcision ban fight

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

Jewish groups in San Francisco were celebrating on Thursday evening after a judge ordered the proposed ban on circumcision to be removed from a ballot.

Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled that the measure was "expressly preempted" because under Californian state law cities cannot regulate medical practice.

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