A court battle over whether
a 4-year-old child will receive a circumcision has landed a Florida mother in
jail after she fled with the young boy to avoid the surgery. She was arrested Thursday and charged with contempt of court for failure to appear before a judge.
Heather Hironimus and Dennis
Nebus have never married but have joint custody of their 4-year-old son. Per a legal document filed in court, both parents agreed to the circumcision, yet
Hironimus changed her mind, requesting a hearing to back out of the agreement.
While the agreement is still
binding and upheld by appellate and circuit judges, surgeons consulted to
perform the circumcision have opted out because of the mother's wishes. Public
pressure from anti-circumcision protestors has also influenced their decision
to reject the request to perform the surgery.
A study published in 2014 by
the Mayo Clinic Proceedings claims that circumcisions are on the decline in the
United States, however the study also found that nearly half of
all uncircumcised males will contract a medical condition related to their
foreskin over the course of their lifetime.
Groups like Intact America are
becoming more vocal about their mission to protect children from what they
believe is an outdated and unnecessary medical procedure.