Court: Only One Parent Needs To Sign Off On Surgery

May 25, 2016

In what could be first-of-its-kind case in Florida, an appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments that both parents need to sign off before a child can undergo surgery.

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A Florida woman jailed in a long-running dispute over her son's circumcision has been released after nine nights behind bars.

Heather Hironimus, 31, posted bond and was released at 10:18 p.m. Saturday, jail records show.

She's been portrayed as a martyr by anti-circumcision advocates around the country who have followed her case with rapt interest.

Heather Hironimus has filed suit, gone into hiding and, ultimately, wound up in jail trying to stop her 4-and-a-half-year-old son's circumcision. The Sun Sentinel reports the South Florida mother dropped her federal lawsuit Wednesday.

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A judge expressed skepticism Monday that a long-running court battle over a Florida boy’s circumcision amounted to a constitutional issue worthy of being argued in federal court after being exhaustively litigated in state courts.

In the first hearing on the issue in federal court, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra questioned the attorney for the boy’s mother, Heather Hironimus, over the legality of proceeding with the case when a state judge had already ruled.

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The case of a Florida woman who fled to avoid her son's circumcision is entering a federal courtroom for the first time.

Thirty-one-year-old Heather Hironimus was arrested Thursday in the long-running dispute over the removal of her 4-year-old child's foreskin.

She went missing with the boy nearly three months ago and ignored a judge's warnings that if she didn't appear in court and give consent for the circumcision to proceed, she faced jail.

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A woman who fled with her son while fighting to prevent his circumcision is due in a Florida courtroom.

Heather Hironimus has been ordered to appear Tuesday with her 4-year-old son before Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen in Delray Beach.

Gillen found the woman in contempt after she missed a hearing Friday. He said she had until 2 p.m. Tuesday to return with the boy and consent to the procedure or she'll face jail.

Hironimus agreed to circumcise her son but then changed her mind, leading to a long court fight with the boy's father. Judges have sided with the father.

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Last-ditch protests and legal maneuvers are underway as an estranged Florida couple's protracted fight over whether to circumcise their son appears close to an end.

Dennis Nebus of Boca Raton, the father of the 4-year-old boy, said in a court filing he was attempting to schedule the surgery for Tuesday. That prompted a round of filings by the mother, Heather Hironimus of Boynton Beach, and promises of demonstrations by anti-circumcision activists who have made the case a rallying cry against a practice they consider barbaric.

A mother who doesn’t want her 3-year-old son circumcised is appealing a judge’s order allowing the procedure, WPEC-Ch. 12 reports.