Supreme court turns away Oregon circumcision case

News  The Oregonian (Portland). Monday, 6 October 2008.

Ashbel S. (Tony) Green

The External link U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take up an Oregon dispute between a father who wants to circumcise his 13-year-old son against the wishes of the boy's mother.

The case now goes back to an Oregon trial judge to determine whether the boy wants to undergo the procedure.

James Boldt, a former Southern Oregon resident who converted to Judaism, says his son wants to be circumcised for religious reasons.

Lia Boldt claims her son is afraid to tell his father that he does not want to undergo the procedure.

The Boldts married in the early 1990s. She filed for divorce in 1998.

The boy initially lived with his mother, but the father later gained custody. James Boldt started studying Judaism in 1999 and eventually converted.

James Boldt claims that as the custodial parent he has a constitutional right to raise his son in his religion.

The External link Oregon Supreme Court earlier this year did not rule on the substance of the dispute, but said the trial judge needed to determine the boy's wishes before deciding which parent to side with.

-- Ashbel S. (Tony) Green;


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