Florida Boy and Mother Fighting Judge's Pro-Circumcision Ruling
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child has learned that a family court in Florida ruled in favor of circumcising Chase, a healthy 3-1/2-year-old boy. The decision was made against his mother's wishes, based on his father's desire to have him circumcised. The judge's decision includes a provision that his mother is not even allowed to inform Chase of her position on circumcision.
At three and a half years old, Chase is a child who is fully aware of his body. He will experience and remember the pain, and he will be very aware that his body has been drastically changed.
Judge Gillen denied the motion to stay the case, and it now moves to the appellate court. Chase's mother and her attorney plan to appeal the decision.
South Florida Intactivists Unite (www.facebook.com/SouthFloridaIntactivistsUnite) are planning a peaceful protest to send a loud and clear message to the judge that forcing a permanent, unnecessary, risky and painful body modification on Chase violates his human right to bodily integrity.
You may sign an online petition (https://www.change.org/petitions/help-save-chase-from-unnecessary-forced-circumcision-rescind-judgment-to-have-a-minor-child-circumcised-against-his-mothers-wishes) to Judge Gillen.
ARC is collaborating with other activists to find the best available alternatives for the boy and his mother.
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child