Oregon High Court Says Child, 12, Should Be Consulted About Circumcision

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The Oregon Supreme Court says the wishes of a 12-year-old boy should be considered in a dispute between his divorced parents over whether he should be circumcised.

The father, James Boldt, converted to Judaism in 2004 and wants the boy to be circumcised as part of the faith.

The mother, Lia Boldt, appealed to the high court, saying the operation could harm her son physically and psychologically.

The decision handed down Friday says that earlier court decisions failed to determine whether the boy wanted the circumcision, as his father contended, or opposed it, as his mother alleged.

The Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial court to answer that question.