Parents Battle Over Toddler's Foreskin
3-year-old's mother doesn't want him circumcised, but his father does
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2014 7:08 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The fate of a 3-year-old boy's foreskin is playing out in Florida's courtrooms. The boy's mother, Heather Hironimus, doesn't want him circumcised, but father Dennis Nebus disagrees, reports the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. The two never married, but when they broke up in 2011, they signed a custody agreement for son Chase that stipulated Nebus would arrange and pay for the boy's circumcision, explains Salon. Nebus didn't exactly rush to get it done, and now Hironimus has changed her mind. The matter ended up in court, and while a judge agreed that Nebus could still go ahead with the procedure, a higher court issued a stay this week, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Hironimus contends that the procedure isn't medically necessary and even a little dangerous now that Chase is nearly 4 and would need a general anesthetic. She has started a GoFundMe page "to help me save my son (and) his foreskin." Nebus is not commenting publicly. The case, meanwhile, has become a flash point for the debate over the pros and cons of circumcision, notes Gawker. Just this week, a study in JAMA Pedatrics concluded that while the risks associated with circumcision are low overall, they do rise considerably if the procedure isn't done in the child's first year, reports Reuters. (Click to read about a similar legal fight in Israel, and about how the American Academy of Pediatrics thinks the procedure's benefits outweigh the risks.)

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Bronwyn Millar
Mar 9, 2015 4:39 AM CDT
only in america! if this was in any of the civilised countries there would be no pressure on anyone to perform unnecessary surgery on a child!in fact there would be outrage that the father was trying to force the issue. this sounds like a clear case of ex boyfriend maliciousness. i salute the mother for not caving and hope they find another judge, this one is clearly biased.
cristina
May 20, 2014 9:15 PM CDT
well, that's thing, I haven't done a research project on it. HAVE NO DOUBT you're absolutely right, just speaking in my experience, which is that an erect uncircumcised man looks pretty much like a circumcised man,. Further, as a nurse I've seen plenty of circumcised men you'd THINK weren't cut, but you realize if you have to put a catheter in their bladder, that whadya know, they are. This sounds inappropriate, but it is very important to distinguish who's is/isn't, because if you put a catheter in an uncut man without lowering the foreskin afterwards (it must be retracted and cleaned prior to placement), any swelling can cause him to lose the head of his penis, because sufficient swelling can cut off circulation. That's all I'm gonna say about penises. I just hope this "kid" not his mother-not his father, but the CHILD wins and gets to decide for himself one day.
Adam Cornish
May 20, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Don't know where you're looking, but there is no shortage of dildoes with foreskins, not that it has an relevance to anything.