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#1 of 6 Old 12-02-2013, 10:39 AM - Thread Starter
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"Jens Spahn, health spokesman for the Christian Democratic Union told the Spiegel magazine: "Youth protection is also about protecting young people from the consequences of a wrong-headed beauty craze.

"Unnecessarily subjecting a young body which is still growing, to such a significant procedure can have dire consequences, both physically and mentally.

"I think it is completely unacceptable to give a 15-year-old a breast enlargement as a Christmas present. Therefore plastic surgery that is not necessary on medical grounds should be banned."

Does anyone know if this applies to circumcision as well? I didn't see it mentioned in the article, but it seems like it should. 

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I hope it is included.

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They did ban it last year, iirc.  Not sure if it is in effect though. 

ah, here:

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No it's not. The outcry from the religious community was too big. So religious circ is permitted.

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Well, that's too bad to hear. I wish they would start going with a full ban on anyone who is not of age to consent.

I don't understand why it is permissible to practice your religion on someone else's body.
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FarmWife, I agree.  Forcing one's religion on one's child in an indelible manner just seems so unethical to me.  Who knows what religion, if any, the child may choose to adopt when he grows up.

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