November 26, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
An Israeli Rabbinical Court has ordered a woman to circumcise her son against her will or face daily fines. The ruling was issued by a three-rabbi panel after the boy's parents filed for divorce, and the father insisted on circumcision and the mother opposed. The mother argued that her son was ...[read more]
September 29, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Sweden's Ombudsman for Children Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising male babies in ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The German Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that explicitly permits male infant circumcision. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court ruling that circumcision of minors even for religious reasons is prohibited because the practice amounts to bodily harm. Though the court's ...[read more]
November 28, 2012
by Blake Lynch
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). The committee's resolution calls on the UN's 193 member countries to enact and enforce legislation to protect women and girls from female circumcision and ...[read more]
October 10, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law that would legalize circumcisions. The law comes in response to a Cologne state court ruling that circumcision of minors for religious reasons is prohibited. Though the court's judgment was limited to the Cologne region, the ruling sparked ...[read more]
October 2, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On October 2, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 768, a bill preventing local governments from banning male circumcision, into law. The law was created as a response to a San Francisco ballot measure called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill, which prohibited male circumcision. A San ...[read more]
September 26, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The German Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ) on Tuesday outlined a plan to legalize circumcisions of infant boys after a controversial ruling banning the practice was handed down earlier this year. The Cologne state court ruled in June that circumcising young boys based on religious traditions is ...[read more]
September 5, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A German state official clarified Wednesday that circumcision for religious reasons is legal in Berlin. State justice minister Thomas Heilmann stated that circumcision would be legal if (1) parents consent to such procedure in writing after they were informed of the associated risks; (2) parents ...[read more]
August 21, 2012
by Max Slater
The Australian state of Tasmania moved closer to passing a ban on circumcision after the Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) issued a report on Tuesday recommending that the state ban circumcision except for well-established religious and ethnic reasons. In the report, the TLRI argued that ...[read more]
July 19, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, is expected to vote on a bill that would protect religious circumcision in Germany. The session came a week after the German government announced its plan to act swiftly to lift criminal sanctions imposed on circumcision. Spokesperson for ...[read more]

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