Danish proposal would ban male circumcision


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A proposal to ban male circumcision for children under the age of 15 could make its way to Denmark’s parliament.
Female circumcision is already banned in Denmark.

Denmark’s National Council for Children has circulated the proposal among Danish lawmakers in the last week, according to local Danish media.  The country’s Ethics Council has come out in support of the proposal. The proposal will now be considered by the parliament’s medical committee, which can prevent the proposal from coming before the parliament.

There are about 7,000 Jews in Denmark, and 95 percent have circumcised their sons, Yediot Achronot reported.

"If the law forbidding circumcision is ever passed in Denmark, Jews will have to leave the place they have been living in for hundreds of years," Denmark’s Chief Rabbi Bent Lexner, a certified mohel, or ritual circumciser, told Yediot Achronot.

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