What’s the state’s interest in this boy’s foreskin?

Can the state of Florida force a mother to have her 4-year-old son circumcised? It seems so. Last Friday, a Palm Beach County judge told Heather Hironimus to get the boy the circumcision or be jailed. Hironimus refused, hiding out with him in a domestic violence shelter. When they failed to show up for a scheduled court appearance Tuesday, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen signed a warrant for Hironimus’ arrest

What’s the state’s interest in this boy’s foreskin? Hironimus and the boy’s father, Dennis Nebus, were never married but share custody of their son. In 2012, they signed a “parenting plan” which specified that he would be circumcised, and Nebus would make the arrangements. But Hironimus later backed out of this part of the plan, and Nebus took her to court. 

Written by Elizabeth Nolan Brown- Reason
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