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October 23, 2006 - A Cook County judge has sided with a father who didn't want his nine-year-old son circumcised.
The boy's divorced parents feuded over the procedure in court.

The father thought it could cause the boy long-term physical and psychological harm, while the child's mother wanted the procedure to prevent recurring infections.

Circuit Judge Jordan Kaplan's ruling says the boy can decide for himself when he turns 18. Until then, there will be no circumcision.

The judge calls it "an extraordinary medical procedure as it relates to a nine-year-old child."

The father's attorney, Alan Toback, says his client is extremely happy with the judge's decision. The couple's 2003 divorce decree gave him the right to offer advice on medical decisions.

A telephone call to the mother's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

http://www.chicagot ribune.com/ news/custom/ newsroom/ chi- 061024circumcision, 1,2829882. story?coll= chi-news- hed&ctrack=1&cset=true


Judge rules against boy’s circumcision



By Judy Peres
Tribune staff reporter
Published October 24, 2006, 10:48 AM CDT


In a case that has been closely watched by anti-circumcision groups nationwide, a Cook County judge today ruled that a 9-year-old Northbrook boy should not be circumcised against his will.


The court battle pitted the boy's divorced parents against each other, with the mother and her new husband claiming that the operation was necessary to prevent recurrent irritation and infection. The boy's father sought an injunction to bar the circumcision.


The Tribune is not naming the parents in order to protect the boy's privacy.


In a written opinion handed down today, Circuit Judge Jordan Kaplan found that "the evidence was conflicting and inconclusive as to any past infections or irritations that may have been suffered by the child."


"Moreover," he continued, "this court also finds that medical evidence as provided by the testimony of the expert witnesses for each of the parties is inconclusive as to the medical benefits or non-benefits of circumcision as it relates to the 9-year-old child."


The case was a clear victory for the growing number of so-called "intactivist groups" across the country that have argued that circumcision is harmful and violates the rights of children who are not old enough to consent to the irreversible medical procedure.


Kaplan, who also cited the irreversible nature of the operation, said his order would remain in effect until the boy turns 18, when he can decide for himself whether or not he wants to be circumcised.


The father said he was relieved by the decision and "so happy."


His lawyer, Alan Toback, said, "We always thought it was not in the child's best interest to have a circumcision at age 9 that was not medically necessary, and the judge agreed."


The mother's lawyer, Tracy Rizzo, was not in court due to the death of her father, famed Chicago private investigator Ernie Rizzo. The mother was represented instead by Gail O'Connor, who indicated there would be no appeal.


"We're disappointed of course, but we will abide by the injunction," she said.


The parents divorced in 2003. The mother has custody of the boy, but under a parenting agreement reached as part of the divorce was obligated to consult her ex-husband regarding any non-emergency medical care for the child.
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My heart goes out to that little boy. I am so thankful to the judge, but my heart hurts thinking that he's being raised by someone who wants to hurt him against his will. Poor kid, I hope he's close to his father!

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I am so happy for that little boy, I hope the mom doesnt take out the loss on him, no idea why I feel that... but, she obviously wanted her way so bad she took it to court. Oh I do hope he makes it to 18 and then gets to decide all this for HIMSELF!

it is a victory though, for sure!!
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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

WEll, I, for one, am sending the judge a nice note thanking him for not giving in to societal prssures.

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Awesome news wait til the 'father tells that story to his son when he gets older ' and how omg what would he think of his mom then
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fantastic news! thanks for sharing!
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This news made my day!!!!! Okay all you MDC intactivists, you're allowed to go
out and get yourself a big chocolate sundae or some other big treat for all that you do that makes a difference so that this could happen. Thanks to all of you for all you do and I'm including myself in that, too. We can end circumcision.
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Yipee!!

I am so pouring myself a drink the second the little guy I babysit leaves!!

This has totally made my day, I have tons of family in the Chicago and Wisconsin area and I am sure this will be hitting the news there!

Yipee!!
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WEll, I, for one, am sending the judge a nice note thanking him for not giving in to societal prssures.
can we do that? id send an email! more info?
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That is FANTASTIC news!!!
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I'm so happy for that little boy! Great news...

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AWESOME! Especially coming from a midwest case! Since the judge found no compelling medical benefit to a 9 year old with a purported history of "problems".....it gives me a bit of hope that we might be one small step closer to the common sense idea that there is also no "benefit" to an infant that has had ZERO history of "problems."
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can we do that? id send an email! more info?
oh i'm not sure i'll check and let you know

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