Danish to debate circumcision ban

The Danish parliament is to debate banning circumcision in boys under 18. The debate is a result of a general public petition which gained over the required 50 000 signatures.

However, a ban looks unlikely as none of the main parties supports it.

Lena Nyhus of the group Intact Denmark says: ‘we need to respect a person’s right to decide for themselves’.

A recent poll commissioned by a Danish broadcaster found that 83 per cent of respondents supported such an age limit on circumcising boys.

Around 30 per cent of men across the world have been circumcised, according to a 2007 World Health Organization report. No other country prohibits male circumcision, although earlier this year Iceland came close to introducing a ban.

Although most circumcisions are performed for religious reasons there is some debate around the potential health benefits and potential for complications following the surgery.

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