Florida Mother Fights Court Order to Circumcise Son

Judge rules to honor parenting agreement calling for circumcision, despite the fact that the child is already 3 years old.

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Circumcision (illustration)
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A mother in Florida is fighting a court order to have her 3-year old son circumcised, the local blog Broward Palm Beach Times reported. Heather Hironimus entered a parenting agreement with Dennis Nebus in 2010 when their son Chase was born that included a clause stating the father would be responsible for planning and paying the circumcision.

The circumcision hasn't happened and now that the boy is 3 years old, the mother objects to the procedure, which she says is not medically necessary and can only endanger the child. However, Judge Jeffrey Gillen has ruled that the agreement is still valid and the father can schedule the circumcision.

Hironimus' lawyer claims this is not in the best interest of the child, which should be the deciding factor, and that a pediatric urologist has testified that he would not recommend the procedure be done at this stage.

The appeal in the matter has drawn support from anti-circumcision activists around the country. Hironimus, a stay-at-home-mom, started a fundraising page to fight the matter.

A similar case is ongoing in Israel, where in an unprecedented ruling in an Israeli rabbinical court last November, a judge ruled that a mother must circumcise her son against her will or pay a fine of NIS 500 ($140) every day until it is done. The mother appealed to the High Court in the matter.

The debate over whether to circumcise has become more prevalent and open in recent years, due to various new medical studies, rulings in Europe, and individuals coming out and declaring their rejection of the practice.

For example, Haaretz columnist Uri Misgav wrote a blog post in January on why he did not circumcise his son. Also recently, American Jewish actress Alicia Silverstone announced she was not going to circumcise her son.

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