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Supreme Court Declines to Act on Circumcision Fight

BY ASHBEL S.GREEN ©2008 Religion News Service

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to intervene in the fight between a father who wants to circumcise his 13-year-old son against the wishes of the boy's mother.

After the high court declined on October 6 to consider the case, the fight is headed back to a judge in Medford, Oregon.

James Boldt, who converted to Judaism, says his son wants to undergo the procedure for religious reasons. The boy's mother, Lia Boldt, said her son is afraid to tell his father that he doesn't want to be circumcised.

A trial judge sided with the father, who has custody. But the Oregon Supreme Court in January said the boy's wishes needed to be determined. James Boldt, who says he has a constitutional right to raise his child in his religion, attempted to get the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. No court date has been set for lower court to consider the case.

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