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Danish doctors take a stand against infant circumcision

Danish doctors take a stand against infant circumcision

While stopping short of calling for a total ban on circumcision, the Danish Medical Association (Lægeforeningen) said in a weekend statement that no boys under the age of 18 be circumcised in Denmark.

The association said that circumcision should be “an informed, personal choice” that young men should make for themselves.

The association said that when parents have their male children circumcised, it robs the boys of the ability to make decisions about their own bodies and their own cultural and religious beliefs.

Lise Møller, the chairwoman of the association’s ethics board, said:

To be circumcised should be an informed, personal choice. It is most consistent with the individual’s right to self-determination that parents not be allowed to make this decision but that it is left up to the individual when he has come of age.

Lægeforeningen said that male circumcision carries a risk of complications and should only be performed on children when there is a documented medical need.

Regarding an outright ban, Møller said:

We have discussed it thoroughly, also in our ethics committee. We came to the conclusion that it is difficult to predict the consequences of a ban – both for the involved boys, who could for example face bullying or unauthorised procedures with complications – and for the cultural and religious groups they belong to.

The Danish Health and Medicines Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) estimates that somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 circumcisions are performed in Denmark each year, primarily on Jewish and Muslim boys.

The majority of those procedures occur outside of the public health system and are done in religious ceremonies in the child’s home or at private clinics.

There are thought to be an unknown number of circumcisions carried out each year that are not reported. Last year it was revealed that the State Serum Institute (SSI) had kept a database of circumcisions for 19 months despite never receiving legal authority to do so from the Danish Data Protection Agency (Datatilsynet).

That illegally-kept database was deleted in August 2015 but the Health Ministry announced on Monday that beginning in 2017 all circumcisions, regardless of where they take place, will need to be reported to Denmark’s national patient registry (Landspatientregistret).

According to a major 2007 study by the World Health Organization, roughly 30 percent of the global male population is circumcised. Of those, roughly two thirds are practising Muslims, while 0.8 percent are Jews.

Male circumcision regularly pops up as the subject of debate in Denmark and polls have shown that upwards of 87 percent of Danes have expressed support for banning the practise on boys under the age of 18.

Female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), is illegal in Denmark.

19 responses to “Danish doctors take a stand against infant circumcision”

  1. Broga says:

    The thought of children being tortured like this sends a chill through me. Sick, barbaric and pitiless – and, of course, as a result of religion.

  2. Paul says:

    I absolutely detest this practice – it has got to stop and we have got to advance beyond this primitive barbarity and it is done for what ? To satisfy a non existent being sat in the sky, that some ‘contract with’ and others say the ‘being’ wants or demands it.
    F******g evil evil mutilating savages who belong in prison. To use religion as an excuse for what is grevious bodily harm to an infant is beyond my understanding.

  3. StephenJP says:

    Agree it is mostly done for religious reasons these days – and that there is no justification for it at all – but just worth remembering that for a number of years after WW2 it was widely carried out for supposed reasons of hygiene. I was circumcised myself, as were many of my contemporaries. The unkindest cut of all!

  4. Dick Chopper says:

    I say circumcise those who inflict this barbarism … and by circumcise I mean lop the whole member off at the root with a penile guillotine and toss the severed member on an open fire to ensure it cannot be surgically reattached.

  5. 1859 says:

    It requires one of the most grotesque leaps of the imagination to understand why a ‘loving’ god should need a piece of skin cut from the genitals of a child. If ever evidence was needed of how much humanity is stuck fast in its primitive, superstitious past, this is it. Circumcision and FGM are the worse form of tribal scarring imaginable. The violation is comparable to infant rape and those that do it – parents and the voodoo-doctors – should be behind bars.

  6. L.Long says:

    I was circumcised at 10 yrs by PROPER medical methods and for real medical reasons. That pix shows religion being barbaric!!! I’ve always believed they would have a lot less converts if they had to get their dicks cut after 18yrs!!!

  7. Michael Glass says:

    There is a growing movement against juvenile circumcision in the US and northern Europe, and a growing movement to circumcise men in Africa to give them partial protection against HIV. There is also continual pressure from Jewish and Muslim authorities and some doctors to protect and promote infant and juvenile circumcision.

    It remains to be seen how this will turn out in the long run. My guess is that it will be quite a struggle.

  8. Maggie says:

    “We have discussed it thoroughly, also in our ethics committee. We came to the conclusion that it is difficult to predict the consequences of a ban – both for the involved boys, who could for example face bullying or unauthorised procedures with complications – and for the cultural and religious groups they belong to.”

    Basically, “we’re afraid of how a certain group of people, known for reacting with threats and violence, will response to an outright ban”. Political correctness wins again.

  9. Great Satan says:

    Here is a good video about the psychological effects of circumcision ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS8RAbTeyaA&feature=em-uploademail

  10. barriejohn says:

    Maggie: I couldn’t agree more. Why couldn’t they just be honest?

  11. Har Davids says:

    The funny side of circumcision is that cultures that perform them are not too happy with flashing your willy and even hostile to any form of nudity. I don’t think you need to show your dick before you enter a place of worship, so why bother?

  12. barriejohn says:

    The irony is that God obviously created foreskins, yet they are “dirty” and have to be removed. No contradiction there then. One thing’s for certain, the practice of circumcision didn’t start with Abraham!

    http://www.biblemeanings.info/Words/Body/Circumcision.htm

    Circumcision, or the cutting off of the foreskin, signified the removal and wiping away of those things that were impeding and defiling celestial love, and which are the evils of cupidities (especially the evils of the cupidities of the love of self) and the derivative falsities. (E. Swedenborg)

    Got it?

  13. L.Long says:

    So long as so many give any respect to religion in any way, we will have kids have the end of their dicks cut off! Child abuse is common, way too common!

  14. Newspaniard says:

    The savage in the photo looks proud of the fact that he is torturing a small child, equally with the barbaric thugs who are assisting him.

  15. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Maggie:
    Would anyone in Denmark care to publish a cartoon on this subject?
    You can bet they are scared.

  16. Cali Ron says:

    Circumcision is still the “norm” in America where the claim that it is beneficial is still believed by most parents. I, like most males my age here was circumcised as an infant. It’s barbaric! My son is whole and uncut.

    Circumcision is the 4th most common surgical procedure in America with over a million annually. This statement was copied from the website Healthgrades.com, “Circumcision isn’t medically necessary. But it can reduce a boy’s risk for certain infections and possibly cancer of the penis. ” From the CDC: 79% of men in America are circumcised; risk of UTI for infants is 0.18% for circumcised and 0.7% for uncircumcised; rate of complications from circumcision is 0.2%.

    I wonder how many UTI’s and related problems could be reduced by better hygiene through education instead of the knife?

  17. Circumcision has always seemed to me to be undeniably deplorable, especially when carried out on non-religious adults. Personally, I have always been rather fond of the old chewing gum.

  18. Newspaniard says:

    The doctors in the USA LOVE circumcision because they get $3,000 per cut. For this reason alone, doctors invent stories like, “It prevents cervical cancer” even though Pakistan has the highest rates of that cancer in the world where most men are mutilated for “religious reasons”. It always comes down to money, sadism or penis envy. Whatever happened to the bit of the Hippocratic Oath which says “First do no harm”?