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Circumcision: Court Says Wait Until Consent, What Do You Say?

In a controversial decision, a German court ruled boys must be old enough to consent to having a circumcision. How do you feel about the ruling? How did you decide about circumcising your son?

Religious groups protested the ruling by a German court that said a boy must be old enough to consent in order to be circumcised, according to the Huffington Post.

“The Cologne court ruling said the four-year-old boy in the case was not old enough to consent to have part of his body removed permanently and his parents should have let him decide when he got older. It gave no minimum age for this,” the Huffington Post reported.

What do you think of the ruling? Tell us in the comments.

The Circumcision Decision Parents Make

When my husband and I found out we were having a boy, we realized that we would have to make a decision about circumcision.

Honestly, we procrastinating on this one. There are so many other things to prepare and worry about when you’re pregnant. When we finally realized time was getting short, we looked at studies (my husband is an academic), and we thought about my son and what the decision would mean for him, in the locker room at school, in the bedroom with his wife. This was one of the hardest decisions we had to make.

How did you make your decision? Have you ever regretted it? Tell us in the comments.

melody dunn July 14, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Marcella md. Thanks for being such a strong voice about this topic. It warms my heart to hear how your sons feel about it now that they are grown. None of my friends with children have left their boys intact but me. I really had to change my husbands mind too. Every day im thankful my husband told them NO every time the nurses asked. They asked like 6 times..every time one would notice we had not signed the circumcision consent form they asked again. Despite their persistance we took our WHOLE baby boy home with us. :) and herpesfish...what you say is very true..my circumcised husband gave me HPV the first year we knew each other a long time ago...i now have a higher risk for cervical cancer. Circumcision does not protect women from HPV or the cancer it can cause.
Andi July 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM
We did not circumcise our son 25+ years ago.It was my husband's decision. He was born in a place where circumcision was not done routinely and felt strongly that our child should be left as he was born. Don't worry about how the child will del when he sees that other boys look different. Here is the crux of a conversation related to me by mom son's preschool teacher as she observed him and his friend side by side at the urinal. Friend: "Your penis looks funny." Son: "No, it doesn't. It's perfect and I love it."
Larry S July 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Wasn't it Aldous Huxley who called Jehovah a "prepuce collector"? Seems fitting.
Tim Again. August 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Equal rights. FGM for a woman, and circumcision for a male. let's see that floats.
Lucy Bennett August 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Just released: The American Academy of Pediatricians says insurance companies should pay for circumcisions, because the health benefits outweigh the risks. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/circumcision-benefits-outweigh-risks-and-insurers-should-pay-pediatricians-revise-stance/2012/08/26/49663aae-efb7-11e1-b74c-84ed55e0300b_story.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/27/science/benefits-of-circumcision-outweigh-risks-pediatric-group-says.html http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/27/health/aap-circumcision-recommendation/index.html http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20120827_GROUP__CIRCUMCISION_CLEARLY_MAKES_THE_CUT.html

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