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Germany OKs bill to protect male circumcision

Jews consider procedure essential part of religious tradition

(AP) BERLIN –¬†German lawmakers have approved a bill to keep male infant circumcision legal after a regional court ruled earlier this year that the practice amounts to bodily harm.

The government proposed the law following heavy criticism of the Cologne court ruling by Jewish and Muslim groups.

Jews in particular consider male infant circumcision an ancient and essential part of their religious tradition.


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