German Ethics Council conditionally supports circumcision

By JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
August 23, 2012 21:50

BERLIN - Germany’s Ethics Council conditionally supports circumcision, its chairwoman Christiane Woopen said Thursday following a council meeting.

According to German media, Woopen said that the agreement of both parents should be necessary, the possibility of anesthesia should be introduced to alleviate pain and there should be comprehensive education about the risks associated with circumcision.

Additionally, the procedure should be carried out by medical professional.

The members of the Ethics council recommended a committee consisting of Jews, Muslims, parent groups and doctors from various disciplines to participate in clarifying Germany's position on the issue. According to reports, members of the Ethics council had differing views on the ritual's place in Germany.


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