Zurich children's hospital lifts ban on circumcision

August 10, 2012

A Swiss hospital announced Friday that it has lifted a moratorium on religiously-motivated circumcisions imposed in July in the wake of a court ruling in neighbouring Germany.

From now on Zurich Children's Hospital said it will act on a case-by-case basis taking into account the "wellbeing of the child", Swiss news agency ATS reported.

Parents' written consent is also required by the hospital which consulted widely on the ethics of the practice before coming to its decision, the agency added.

The hospital's initial ban followed a ruling in June by a court in Cologne, Germany, which said that was tantamount to grievous bodily harm.

Germany Chancellor reportedly said the verdict risked making Germany a "laughing stock", but the judgment made waves in Switzerland, where some hospitals reconsidered their position on the procedure.

The development is unlikely to have much effect on the practice in Switzerland, where it can be carried out in any hospital for a fee.

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ml66uk
1 / 5 (1) Aug 10, 2012
Does that mean that it's ok to cut parts off a baby girl's genitals if the parents and doctors "take into account the wellbeing of the child".

It's illegal to cut off a girl's prepuce, or to make any incision on a girl's genitals, even if no tissue is removed, and even if the parents think it's their religious right or obligation. Even a pinprick is banned.

Why don't boys get the same protection as girls? Everyone should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they want parts of their genitals cut off. It's *their* body.
freethinking
1 / 5 (1) Aug 10, 2012
I'm against circumcision, yet there are many in the medical field that state there is a benefit. Also since many men who have had the procedure done to them find no issue with it, I believe the state should leave parents alone to make the decision. Only a Progressive Governement intent on removal parental rights would stick it's nose where it doesn't belong.

If the law states, both parents must consent to circumcise I would have no problems with that.

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