Judge backs father over circumcision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system CHICAGO – A judge in a case closely watched by those who oppose circumcision sided Tuesday with a divorced man who did not want his 9-year-old son to undergo the procedure. Circuit Judge Jordan Kaplan said that circumcision is “an extraordinary medical procedure” for a 9-year-old and that the boy can decide for himself when he turns 18. The boy’s father sued to block the operation in a dispute with his ex-wife. The couple’s 2003 divorce decree gave the father the right to be consulted before the boy underwent any “extraordinary” nonemergency procedure. The father said he believed surgical removal of the boy’s foreskin could cause long-term physical and psychological harm. The child’s mother wanted the procedure to prevent recurring infections. She testified that the boy had suffered five bouts of painful inflammation and had begged her to help him. center_img Religious beliefs did not figure in the ruling as neither parent is Jewish. The Associated Press is not identifying the suburban parents to protect the boy’s privacy. Most U.S. newborn boys are circumcised. But a growing number of parents are opting against the surgery. The percentage of male babies circumcised has fallen from an estimated 90 percent in 1970 to about 60 percent today. In a 1999 policy statement that was reaffirmed this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics said there are “potential medical benefits” to circumcision, including a reduction in risk of urinary tract infections.last_img read more