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Ridiculous Parents Wait Until Child Is Three To Argue About Whether To Circumcise Him

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Ridiculous Parents Wait Until Child Is Three To Argue About Whether To Circumcise Him Screen Shot 2014 05 16 at 5 08 59 PM 267x200 pngHeather Hironimus and Dennis Nebus had a son in 2010. In 2012 they signed a parenting agreement which included a provision that the father would be responsible for scheduling and paying for Chase’s circumcision. Are you kidding me? They waited until he was two years old to make this decision? That is just cruel.

His mother had a change of heart, and this week a Florida court granted an emergency order to stop the circumcision from happening. Court documents say the mother felt the procedure was “not medically necessary and she did not want to have the parties’ son undergo requisite general anesthesia for fear of death.” Fair enough. I’m with her. I can understand why a mother wouldn’t want to go through with an unnecessary medical procedure like that at three years old.

A pediatric urologist testified at the hearing that he would not recommend a circumcision for a boy that age. I’m not a fan of anyone going against a parenting agreement – but in this case the agreement was stupid. Who plans to wait that long to circumcise their child?

Whenever things like this make it to court, there is always a part of me that feels like there is at least one parent fighting out of spite. The mother seems to be a newfound inactivist, while the father hung up the phone when reached for comment. I know people feel different ways about circumcision, but I think most of us can agree that parents who are for it shouldn’t wait nearly two years to even make the decision to schedule it.

This whole case is boggling my mind. I can’t imagine willingly taking my 3-year-old son for a procedure that was not medically indicated – so I am definitely with the mom here, even if she is going against a signed agreement.

(photo: GoFundMe)

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