Germany approves bill protecting circumcision by law

December 12, 2012 18:27

The German parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of a law that will provide legal protection for religious circumcision in the country.

The vote passed with a large majority, with 434 parliamentarians of the 580-member Bundestag (Germany’s lower house) voting in favor, 100 against, and 46 abstaining.

In June, a regional court in the city of Cologne ruled that circumcision was a form of bodily harm and subject to criminal penalties, creating uncertainty as to the future legality of the practice in Germany for Jewish and Muslim communities who conduct religious circumcision.

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