A row over circumcision in Germany has escalated after a formal complaint was lodged against a rabbi in the city of Hof. According to a doctor from the city of Giessen, “Religious freedom cannot be used as an excuse for carrying out violence against an under-age child”. The dispute was ignited by a June 26 ruling by a Cologne court that circumcision of a child constituted “illegal bodily harm,” even with parental consent.
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What should doctors do if deeply religious parents want to keep a child alive at any cost, even if the child is suffering and has no chance of survival? In a controversial article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, two paediatricians and the chaplain of Great Ormond Street in London call for changes in the law.
Years of tough restrictions on doping appear to be bearing fruit, with fewer scandals every time the Olympics are held. In Athens in 2004 26 athletes were caught; in Beijing in 2008, only 14 athletes and 6 horses. However, this may mean that athletes are just outsmarting the IOC.