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    Some Swiss Hospitals Follow German Circumcision Ruling

    GENEVA (AFP)---A German court ruling that branded circumcision as grievous bodily harm has created waves in Switzerland where a second hospital announced on Friday a possible halt to the procedure.

    The announcement, by St Gall hospital in the country's northeast, follows a decision Thursday by the Zurich children's hospital to temporarily suspend the operation, media reported.

    "We are in the process of evaluating the legal and ethical stance in Switzerland," Marco Stuecheli, spokesman for the Zurich hospital, told AFP.

    "There can be complicated cases where the mother of a child wants a circumcision but the father is opposed to it."

    The development is unlikely to affect the practice in Switzerland, where it can be carried out in any hospital for a fee, the spokesman added.

    "Most Jewish patients go to specialist doctors known within their community," the spokesman said, adding that the hospital carried out "only one or two circumcisions for religious reasons per month".

    A senior executive at the St Gall teaching hospital said a decision would be taken after the summer holidays, Beobachter magazine reported.

    In French-speaking Switzerland, a spokesman for Lausanne's university hospital expressed surprise at the level of debate surrounding the issue.

    The hospital carried out the operation because it was important that it took place "in the best medical conditions possible", said a spokesman.

    The Swiss reaction followsa June ruling by a court in the German city of Cologne which said that circumcision was tantamount to grievous bodily harm.

    German diplomats have admitted the ruling was "disastrous" to Germany's international image, following uproar from religious and political leaders in
    Israel as well as Jewish and Muslim communities in Europe.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the verdict risked making Germany a "laughing stock".

    On Thursday, German MPs adopted a cross-party motion calling on the government to protect religious circumcision.

    The resolution urges Berlin to draw up legislation in the autumn that "ensures that the circumcision of boys carried out to medically professional standards and without undue pain is fundamentally permissible".

    The measure, while merely symbolic for the moment, was passed with the support of deputies from all parties in the Bundestag lower house except the far-left Linke.
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    Awesome! It appears that the Swiss have more than a shred of common sense between this and their gun laws!
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