View Full Version : Mom, dad in court over son's circumcision

06-15-2006, 04:21 PM
Groups opposed to circumcision are watching the case of an 8-year-old suburban Chicago boy whose divorced parents are fighting in court over whether he should have the procedure.

The child's mother wants him circumcised to prevent recurring, painful inflammation she says he's experienced during the past year. But the father says the boy is healthy and circumcision, which removes the foreskin of the *****, is an unnecessary medical procedure that could cause him long-term physical and psychological harm.

"The child is absolutely healthy," the father said during a break in a court hearing on the matter Wednesday. "I do not want any doctor to butcher my son."

The mother testified that her son has had five bouts of painful inflammation and has begged her to help him. Her son cannot wear underwear or jeans during the bouts and is comfortable only in loose-fitting pajamas, she said.
"My child was in the bathroom crying. He asked me to come in because his ***** did not look normal," she said, describing one of the episodes.

The couple's 2003 divorce decree gave the father the right to offer input on medical decisions. Earlier this year, he sued to block the surgery and Cook County Judge Jordan Kaplan ordered the mother not to have the boy circumcised until he could hear from both parents and the opinions of doctors who've examined the boy.


06-15-2006, 04:23 PM
well if they didnt do it right after birth, dont put the kid through it now. Man these people are vicious. just goes to show you a divorced couple can find anything to disagree on.

06-15-2006, 04:48 PM
"an unnecessary medical procedure that could cause him long-term physical and psychological harm"

"five bouts of painful inflammation"

maybe they should teach the kid how to keep it clean...

and i dout it will cause any long term psycological damage as many americans are circumcised and arnt crazy or dead.

06-15-2006, 05:31 PM
I really feel sorry for the kid...he should decide now because the parents were not smart enough to do this when he was an infant. :rolleyes: