A mother who has taken flight with her son to prevent his circumcision could face a prison sentence if she fails have the boy undergo the procedure, a judge ruled, in a case that has become a rallying cry for ‘intactivists.’
The case, which began as a domestic dispute between Heather Hironimus and her husband, Dennis Nebus, over whether or not to circumcise their four-year-old son, has caught the attention of circumcision opponents, who call themselves ‘intactivists,’ as the courts have intervened in the matter.
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen on Friday said Hironimus was in contempt for violating an order to appear in court Friday with her son. Gillen called it “reprehensible” that she has not allowed the father to see his son since February 20, AP reported.
The judge, meanwhile, is determined to ensure that the child undergoes the medical process to have his foreskin removed.
“I will allow her to avoid incarceration or get out of jail if she signs the consent to the procedure,” Gillen told Hironimus’ attorney Thomas Hunker, who said he did not know the whereabouts of his client or her son. …