According to the New York Times, Germany's Bundestag yesterday passed legislation confirming the legality of religious circumcision. The issue had been thrown into doubt after a Cologne district court last June held that parents lack the right to decide that their young sons should be circumcised for non-medical reasons. (See prior posting.) The new law, passed in the Bundestag by a vote of 434 to 100, with 46 abstentions, allows circumcisions to be carried out for religious or other reasons "in accordance with medical practice." Specially trained members of a religious community (such as a Jewish mohel) can perform the procedure for boys 6 months old or younger. Circumcisions on boys over 6 months old are required to be performed by a physician. In either case, both parents must consent to the procedure.