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Danish Health Board Says No Need to Ban Circumcision

The tide of the anti-circumcision seems to be ebbing. Germany passed a law to bypass a Cologne court ruling that the procedure is illegal. Now, Danish doctors say the ritual is not harmful.
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Religious circumcision appears to be safe in Denmark following a government report declaring it is not dangerous
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A Danish government panel has dealt an anti-circumcision group a severe setback with a new study that concludes there is little risk in circumcisions and that no new  guidelines are necessary.

A Health Ministry commission ritual also concluded that circumcisions also have few medical benefits, the Copenhagen Post reported.

Leo Milgrom, deputy chairman of the anti-circumcision group responded, “Even without all the weighty ethical considerations, and without all the many legal, sexual and psychological consequences, at the very least a scientific precautionary principle should apply: circumcision should be immediately stopped simply as a result of the scientific uncertainty described in the health agency’s own report.”

Between 1,000 and 2,000 ritual circumcisions a year take place every Denmark, and current guideline require a child’s permission only if he is at least 15 years old.

A widely-known Jewish Danish journalist who converted to Christianity described last year circumcision in the most brutal terms. “Around the baby stand ten black-clad men – a must in every Jewish circumcision. As usual in Judaism, women aren’t allowed to be present. An untrained rabbi mutilates the baby, who cries and bleeds profusely as the men pray,” he wrote.

“Some anti-immigration campaigners are using the circumcision issue to prevent what they call Denmark’s “Islamization,” Finn Schwarz, president of the Jewish Congregation of Copenhagen, told JTA last year. “ If not for the Jewish community, circumcision would’ve already been banned here,” he said.

In 2001, the Jewish community lobbied successfully for special legislation on circumcision of male babies younger than two months.

The law says that circumcision of newborns may be performed by a “licensed professional.” The country’s Jewish ritual circumcisers, or mohelim, receive their license from the country’s health board, but a nurse or doctor must still be present when they perform the procedure.

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14 Responses to “Danish Health Board Says No Need to Ban Circumcision”

  1. Susan Cohen says:

    Figures. The biggest lie about circumcision/Judaism comes from the self-hater who converted. Color me shocked!

  2. Neither is it harmful to cut off a little finger or a toe or an ear. But still, maybe one should not do that.

  3. Oof dah! the Danes blew it… for now.

  4. Oof dah! the Danes blew it… for now.

  5. It's unnatural and perverse to be so happy cutting off more than half a person's penis and without their permission.

  6. It's pretty darn close to perverse to be happy cutting off a healthy organ *with* someone's permission too.

  7. That is not the end of the German court ruling. I have heard Germany's highest judges and jurists will fight back as the German government also has no rights to break the law. They are from people elected representatives and nothing else; they have to follow democratic rules

  8. as Germany is no longer a dictatorship not an aristocracy.

  9. Charlie Weder says:

    Notice that the conclusion comes from a government commission filled with people worried about image, not an objective scientific body. Noteworthy since amassive number of medical organizations are openly opposed to the practice and even calling for bans, including: The vast majority of the medical organizations in the world are opposed to infant circumcision. This includes:
    College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia,
    The Canadian Pediatric Society,
    British Medical Association,
    Swedish Pediatric Society,
    Royal Dutch Medical Society,
    The Netherlands Society of General Practitioners,
    The Netherlands Society of Youth Healthcare Physicians,
    The Netherlands Association of Paediatric Surgeons,
    The Netherlands Association of Plastic Surgeons,
    The Netherlands Association for Paediatric Medicine,
    The Netherlands Urology Association,
    The Netherlands Surgeons’ Association.
    Royal College of Surgeons of England,
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians,
    Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,
    Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons,
    Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations,
    Australian Medical Association,
    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan,
    Saskatchewan Medical Association,
    Norwegian Medical Association,
    Norwegian Nurses Organization,
    Norwegian Ombudsman for Children,
    Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo,
    Norwegian Council for Medical Ethics,
    Central Union for Child welfare in Finland,
    Denmark National Council for Children,
    German Association of Pediatricians,
    British Association of Pediatric Urologists,
    German Society for Pediatric Surgery,
    French National Council on AIDS,
    German Association of Child and Youth Doctors

  10. Michael: I didn't see anyone filing a complain in Karlsruhe?

  11. John Walker says:

    Yea Frank , Just Sayin……..???

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, no need to protect human rights… why do that? Logic Fail.

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