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Vienna - Governor Orders Hospitals to Halt Circumcisions Amid Row

Published on: July 25, 2012 07:34 AM
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A newborn baby following his Bris. (File Photo AP)Vienna - The governor of Vorarlberg has told hospitals run by Austria’s westernmost province to suspend circumcisions motivated by religious custom, citing a German regional court ruling that the practice amounted to causing criminal bodily harm.

Markus Wallner says he sees the German decision last month, arising from the case of a child whose circumcision led to medical complications, as “precedence-setting judgment.”

He told provincial hospitals Tuesday not to perform the procedure except for health reasons until the legal situation is clarified in Austria.

The decision does not affect religiously motivated circumcisions performed outside hospitals run by the Vorarlberg government.

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 Jul 25, 2012 at 07:59 AM Kzler Says:

Vorarlberg is the area which borders on Yugoslavia and a highly antisemitic area of Austria. Austria besides Vienna still has nostalgia for Hitler and killing Jews


 Jul 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM Kzler Says:

There are no Jews living in Vorarlberg, Bregenz so the Governor can satisfy the local antisemites


 Jul 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM Pereles Says:

this has to be directed against Jews and Muslims because non Jews do not circumcise outside of the US, with a few exceptions...supposedly the British royal family


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