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Arrested for refusing to hand out her child to circumcision

Heather Hironimus, the mother who has been resisting for over one year the order to hand out her child to circumcision, was arrested yesterday at the Domestic Violence shelter where she had been hiding for 81 days. Her son has been handed to the father, Dennis Nebus, who has been fighting to have him circumcised in spite of the doctor’s assessment that there is no medical need for this child to be circumcised.

A Federal case was recently filed by Heather’s attorney against the father of the child, Dennis Nebus, the judge, Jeffrey Dana Gillen, and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw., arguing that Chase’s constitutional rights have been ignored and are being violated.

Update: Federal Judge Kenneth Marra has scheduled a hearing on all the motions for Monday, May 18th, at 1 pm

Let’s remember that Chase is the vulnerable party in this issue, and the one person who has not been heard at all in the legal proceedings so far.

Heather and Chase still need our help. Please donate to the legal fund at http://www.chasesguardians.org

A candle light vigil is planned for tonight. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1579051002367331/

A protest is planned for Monday: https://www.facebook.com/events/1604629103155556/

More information about these disheartening developments:

http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2015/05/florida-circumcision-saga-mother.html

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-heather-hironimus-booked-bso-20150514-story.html

http://www.cbs12.com/news/top-stories/stories/mom-circumcision-fight-found-jailed-25805.shtml?wap=0

Our first post about this case, May 12th of last year: http://circwatch.org/judge-keep-your-hands-off-my-penis/

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Dennis Nebus - the father of the child, says circumcision is "the normal thing to do".

Dennis Nebus – the father of the child, says circumcision is “the normal thing to do”.

Judge Jeffrey Dana Guillen has played doctor through the legal proceedings, touting the benefits of the procedure, dismissing the risks, dismissing Heather's fears and Chase's wishes, and ignoring the expert testimony that the circumcision is not medically necessary and the doctor himself wouldn't circumcise a son at that age.

Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen has played doctor through the legal proceedings, touting the benefits of circumcision, dismissing the risks, stating that it can be done with local anesthesia (all real doctors will disagree) dismissing Heather’s fears and Chase’s wishes, and ignoring the expert testimony that indicated that the circumcision is not medically necessary in this case and the doctor himself wouldn’t circumcise a son at that age.

The new lawyer for Dennis Nebus, in his response to the federal lawsuit, called Heather a fugitive and a mentally unstable person. He argues that Chase is "looser" to the state court case, and simultaneously argues that the state court found that the circumcision is in the child's best interest (something that is not written in the ruling of the state court ruling). Both statements cannot be true at the same time. He also argues that the best interest of the child cannot be violated by the circumcision since all parties and the judge had his best interest in mind through the proceeding. There is little doubt that this lawyer has a cultural, if not religious, bias for circumcision.

The new lawyer for Dennis Nebus, Ira Marcus, in his response to the federal lawsuit, called Heather a fugitive and a mentally unstable person. He argues that Chase is “loser” to the state court case, and simultaneously argues that the state court found that the circumcision is in the child’s best interest (something that is not written in the ruling of the state court ruling). Both statements cannot be true at the same time. He also argues that the best interest of the child cannot be violated by the circumcision since all parties and the judge had his best interest in mind through the proceeding. There is little doubt that this lawyer has a cultural, if not religious, bias for circumcision.

 

Circumcision in Florida, arrest if you do, arrest if you don’t

We have recently mentioned the case of a South Florida mother who is hiding in a domestic violence shelter to protect her 4 year old son from a judge mandated circumcision, over a parental agreement signed during the first year of life of her child.

As reported by the Sun Sentinel on March 10th, in spite of knowing that the child has no medical need for circumcision, Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen “mentioned [the] benefits [...], and called the procedure “very, very safe.”

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“Circumcision is very, very safe” ~ Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen

The Sun Sentinel also reports that Judge Gillen said “I will allow her to avoid incarceration or get out of jail if she signs the consent to the procedure” .

Just a few days later, March 25, another Floridian mother, this one in Seminole County, did subject her baby to a “routine procedure” and allowed the baby to bleed for hours before seeking help (the specific procedure is not named but there is no doubt about what routine procedure can cause a male baby to bleed from his genitals).

After obtaining help, the mother was asked to follow up the next day, but she failed to show up. Did she have any reasons to trust the doctors after almost losing her baby?

The mother was arrested on charges of child neglect.

There is no doubt that her child was in danger of dying. However, was she expected to act differently?

We looked at a few discharge instructions sheets. One from Seattle Children’s Hospital indicates: “If bleeding occurs, apply constant, gentle pressure with a gauze pad to the penis for five minutes” and instructs to call the doctor when there is “Bleeding that cannot be stopped after five minutes of pressure has been applied”.

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital instructs that “The penis will swell a little, or it may bleed a little around the incision” and to call the health provider if there is “Bleeding that isn’t stopped by applying gentle pressure

One from Memorial Childbirth Center, from the Beacon Health System, indicates that “The most common complication is bleeding. In most cases bleeding is controlled by direct pressure. Use a gauze wrap and squeeze the area of bleeding for three minutes. If bleeding stops, leave the gauze in place. If it doesn’t stop, apply pressure again. In cases of continued fresh bleeding, please call the baby’s doctor for further instructions“.

Well, that’s the procedure that Judge Gillen calls “very, very safe“. Apparently one of the new risks of circumcision is that it can land you in jail, at least if you live in Florida. Now, according to the CDC, the risks for children over the age of 1 are 20 times greater than for neonates. So perhaps Judge Gillen should reconsider his own medical beliefs.

Diaper from a baby bleeding abnormally after circumcision

Diaper from a baby bleeding abnormally after circumcision

Florida: Nebus tries to prohibit Hironimus from using funds

Why a mother has to hide in a domestic violence shelter to protect her son from an unnecessary genital surgery?

Why is a father so obsessed with the idea of circumcising his child?

Why is a judge so culturally biased that he fails to see the child as a human being?

Will the court prohibit the mother from using funds collected by those who want to help her protect her child?

To donate to Chase’s Guardians (funds to help the legal case to protect Chase), go to: http://chasesguardians.org/

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This is Dennis Nebus, a man who apparently has nothing else to do than to think how to get the foreskin of his child amputated.

nebusDennis, please think how your child feels hiding in a domestic violence shelter… because of you!

You may not realize it, but circumcision is act of violence. One that was committed on your body, and which you seem to think “it’s normal” to repeat on your child.

Dennis, there are far more important things to parenting than altering your child’s genitalia. All this time, all these emotions, all that money, could have been better used in bonding with your son, building a future for him.

There is still time to realize that this is a ridiculous fight over something that does not concern you. Over something that only concerns your child.

Man up! It’s not your body. Respect your child and respect his body.

#SavingChase

Judge Gillen says fears ‘irrelevant at this point’, but were they ever relevant?

According to Palm Beach Post

Heather Hironimus and her 4-year-old son have sought refuge at a domestic violence shelter in an undisclosed location, her attorney said. She fears for her son’s psychological well-being and wants an attorney appointed to represent him before he can have the operation the child’s father is pushing him to have, attorney Thomas Hunker said.

 Judge Jeffrey Gillen cut Hunker off, calling Hironimus’s fears and concerns irrelevant at this point.

Truth is, if you remember the beginning of the case, Judge Gillen has always considered Heather’s fears irrelevant. Let’s take a look at the ruling from last year, dated March 25th.

In this ruling it was said that Heather “asserted, in essence, that circumcision was not medically necessary and she did not want to have the parties’ son undergo requisite general anesthesia for fear of death. She expressed no other reason for now objecting to the procedure to which she’d already agreed in the parenting plan”

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Following these paragraphs, there are some partially false and/or irrelevant arguments from the pediatrician acting as expert witness, Charles Flack, following which “the Court finds that there is no reason why the parties should not be held to the terms of their Agreed Parenting Plan”.

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So, almost a year ago, Heather’s fears were summarily dismissed without response. And today, 350 days afterwards, the judge now says that her fears and concerns are “irrelevant at this point”.

Were they relevant a year ago Judge Gillen?

Is the life, well being and best interest of 4 year old Chase*, “irrelevant at this point”, Judge Gillen?

Did you forget that at the center of this controversy you don’t have a piece of property, nor a head of livestock, but a very alive and aware human being, Judge Gillen?

Would Judge Gillen say that no children have died during a circumcision due to the use of general anesthesia? It happened in Brooklyn just 4 years ago. Jamaal Coleson, 2 years old, died after a circumcision due to the improper use of anesthesia.

Circumcision can have negative psychological effects, and this is more noticeable in those circumcised as children or adolescents, as they can perceive the procedure as abuse, punishment, and loss of control over their own bodies. We also recommend reading the 1999 Preliminary Survey of men circumcised in infancy or childhood – originally published in the British Journal of Urology BJU.

Denial of harm caused by circumcision is a clear display of cultural bias for the procedure. Judge Gillen needs to reconsider his position on this topic.

* We will not stop using Chase’s name, as people need to remember that we are not talking about property but about a real human being whose human rights, preferences, body and health are at stake in the hands of Judge Gillen.

#SavingChase

Nebus vs Hironimus: Arrest warrant

Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen has entered an order of attachment (arrest warrant) in the case of Dennis Nebus vs. Heather Hironimus, in the dispute over the unnecessary circumcision of a 4 year old child.

The circumstances have changed considerably since the time when Hironimus signed the parental agreement, stating that Nebus would schedule and pay for the circumcision. At that time, Chase was about 1 year of age. Nebus then did nothing for a while, and by the time he wanted to do something, Hironimus had been educated on the subject, realizing that she was not properly informed of what a circumcision entailed when she signed the agreement, and stated that she had changed her mind and did not want her son to undergo the procedure with the additional risk of general anesthesia.

How far does a mother have to go in order to protect her son from an unnecessary amputation of normal healthy genital tissue?

Why is Dennis Nebus so adamant about submitting his son to an unnecessary surgery?

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Why does Judge Gillen fail to see Chase as a human being?

Judge Gillen has stated incomplete facts about circumcision during this trial.

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What should we call two men who conspire to wound the body of a child?

Where do you go when your own government fails to protect you?

#SavingChase – follow up on Judge keep your hands off my penis

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Judge Jeffrey Gillen

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Chase

In May we shared that a Florida judge had ruled that a mother must submit her 3 and 1/2 year old son to circumcision as required by the father, in spite of the mother’s fear of the risk of death related to general anesthesia, and in spite of admitting that the procedure is not medically necessary.

Back then the mother filed an appeal. Last Thursday, November 6th, the Court of Appeals denied her motion. Chase, now 4 years old, is now running out of time, but the mother continues fighting and the case might have to go all the way to the Supreme Court to protect the physical integrity of her son and his right to bodily integrity and genital autonomy.

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Fundraiser:
http://www.youcaring.com/other/saving-chase/259991

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https://www.facebook.com/events/357342571110808/358327774345621

Petition:
http://tinyurl.com/l53w9rp

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqZFAkBXp5PdpVQ1Rp7cC7A

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