NYC Intactivists are planning a demonstration outside of the Germany Consulate this Friday to add their voices to the international debate on circumcision.
A recent court decision by a judge in Cologne, Germany has driven the debate on circumcision into the international spotlight. The Cologne court case involved a 4 year old boy who's parents had him circumcised by a Muslim doctor. The boy experienced excessive bleeding two days after the operation, and was brought back into the hospital. The incident was reported by the hospital to police, and criminal charges were brought against the doctor.
Although the doctor was later acquitted, the judge ruled that circumcision constitutes "a violation of the fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity," and the permanence of circumcision damage "runs counter to the interests of the child,who can decide his religious affiliation himself later in life."
Immediately after the ruling, Jewish hospitals in Berlin indefinitely suspended all circumcision operations, and today, over 700 rabbis are meeting in Berlin to discuss how to handle the Cologne court ruling. Muslim leaders have also been meeting over the past two weeks, sometimes together with Jewish leaders, in a bid to unite their lobbying powers to gain legal protection for circumcision.
WHAT: Demonstration in support of bodily integrity in response to recent Cologne court decision on circumcision.
WHERE: German Consulate
871 United Nations Plaza
(1st Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets)
New York, NY 10017
WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2012
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Peitition to Cologne court in support of decision to protect bodily integrity: