Those of you who are serious about protecting children from non-therapeutic circumcision have a unique opportunity to assist with a legal case in Oregon. An Oregon father, (an attorney), claims to be in the process of converting to Judaism and wants his now 12-year-old son, Ã¢â‚¬ËœMishaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, of whom he has custody, circumcised against both the childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and the natural motherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s express wishes.
Sadly, a physician, a fellow congregant of the father, has already been found willing to ignore the childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wishes. The father claims a rabbi has insisted on the childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s circumcision. The fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s motives might even be sheer spite toward MishaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother; we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know.
An attorney working pro bono publico has donated more than $20,000 of his time to assisting the mother by attempting to block the circumcision in the courts. The case is now on its way to the Oregon Supreme Court after losses at both the trial level and an intermediate appellate court. Judges have affirmed without opinion or testimony that a non-medical circumcision of a 12-year-old is Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwithin the discretion of a custodial parent.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ There is no medical necessity alleged at all by anyone. The circumcision would be purely cultural, even merely spiteful.
If you could possibly assist; I urge you to make a tax-deductible donation to Doctors Opposing Circumcision, in MishaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name, to be used only for his legal fees and costs. I will supply you with much more detail by pdf if you have a sincere wish to help. Even small sums, the cost of a restaurant meal, $25, $50, will help if enough people chip in, but if you can afford more, that would be deeply appreciated by the boy and his mother who cannot afford to oppose the attorney-father.
This is the clearest case of a parentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s claimed religious beliefs trumping a childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right to an intact body that I have seen in 26 years of practicing law. It fairly screams out for justice, but justice costs, even when most of the legal help has so far been provided pro bono. (Those of you with an interest in reading how the US Supreme Court balances childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bodily rights vs. a parentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights to the free practice of religion might considering reading Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 US Sup Ct 158: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow they are free to make martyrs of their children.Ã¢â‚¬Â)
PLEASE feel free to re-post this at websites and bulletin boards where concerned and sympathetic souls browse.
And please note that my bona fides, and that of the attorney in Oregon, Clay Patrick, are both verifiable at the Oregon and Washington state websites authenticating licensed attorneys. The progress of the case is easily verified at the Oregon Courts website, though as a family law case, the file may be partially sealed for the childÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s protection:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In re the Marriage of James Boldt and Lia Boldt, Jackson County (Oregon) Case No. 98-2318D3, Appellate Court Case No. A126175.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Affirmed 12/27/2006) Verifiable at:
.John V Geisheker, JD, LL.M., Admitted to the Washington State Bar Association, #32033
Verifiable at: http://www.wsba.org/public/default.htm
by entering attorney license: #32033
Clay Patrick, Esq., Admitted to the Oregon Bar Association, #77298
Verifiable at http://www.osbar.org/members/start.asp
by entering Attorney license #77298
PLEASE HELP MISHA WITH AN EARMARKED DONATION TO D.O.C., AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANYTHING YOU CAN DO.
John V. Geisheker, JD, LL.M.
Doctors Opposing Circumcision
2442 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107-4137
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