Denmark refuses to ban ritual circumcision of boys

Denmark refuses to ban ritual circumcision of boys

Circumcision of girls has been banned in Denmark since the early 2000s, and there is no tolerance for it.

It is also punishable for Danes to travel abroad to have their girls circumcised – even if it is done in a country where it is legal.

But when it comes to the ritual circumcision of boys, the government has again refused to entertain a ban.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen explained that Denmark promised its Jewish community after World War II to be fully inclusive of them, and that to ban ritual circumcision of boys would break this promise.

“Many Jews do not find it compatible to live in a country where circumcision is forbidden, and I simply do not believe that we can make a decision that we do not live up to our promise – that the Jews remain part of Denmark,” Frederiksen told TV2 News.

Frederiksen went on to state that anti-Semitism in Denmark remains a problem, and a ban could therefore not be recommended.

Many want it banned
Her position comes despite a wide range of Danish parties (Socialist People’s Party, Unity List, New Bourgeois, Alternative, Liberal Alliance and Danish People’s Party) advocates a ban.

The Liberal Party, like the governing party, the Social Democrats, is also against a ban.

The debate over the ritual circumcision of boys has flared up again in recent weeks as several medical organizations have withdrawn from a working group tasked with drafting a new guideline for non-medical circumcision.

In addition, Simon Emil Ammitzbøll-Bille, leader of the new party Fremad, has put forward a proposal in Parliament aimed at banning practice.

It is estimated that around 1,000-2,000 boys are circumcised in Denmark each year.

The vast majority come from Muslim and Jewish families.

Source: The Nordic Page


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