Circumcisions in Berlin remain exempt from punishment

September 5


Religious motivated circumcisions will be exempt from punishment, at least under certain conditions. The Senator for Justice, Thomas Heilmann, declared that the General Office of the District Attorney would not persecute religiously motivated circumcisions under three conditions:


–          The parents sign an agreement after an sufficient amount of information about risks for health

–          It must be religiously motivated

–          Medical standards including sterilization must be guaranteed


Yet, other German States have not decided how to proceed and whether to legalize circumcisions.