by Malcolm Curtis | The Local, Switzerland | July 20, 2012
Zurich University Children’s Hospital has decided to stop performing circumcisions in the wake of a controversial German court ruling.
The hospital announced on Thursday that it would cease providing the surgical procedure in non-medical cases while it weighed the legal and ethical concerns.
The moratorium follows a decision issued by a regional court in Cologne on June 26th.
The court declared that a doctor performing a circumcision on a four-year-old Muslim boy had compromised the physical integrity of the child.
The decision sparked an angry backlash from Jewish and Muslim groups who claim the ruling amounts to an attack on religious freedom.
On the same day as the Zurich hospital announced its decision, Germany’s lower house of parliament approved a resolution to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys.
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