German Lawmakers Move To Quell Uproar Over Circumcision : Shots – Health News : NPR

German Lawmakers Move To Quell Uproar Over Circumcision : Shots – Health News : NPR.

Circumcisions have been virtually suspended in Germany for the past four months. The practice was effectively banned after a regional court in Cologne ruled that circumcision amounts to assault.

That controversial ruling this summer alienated the country’s 120,000 registered Jews and 4 million Muslims, who saw it as a violation of religious freedom. It also fueled accusations of intolerance in a country still haunted by its Nazi past.

So now, embarrassed by the outcry, the German government is pushing through a bill that would make circumcision legal.

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