CHIEF EDITOR OF DENMARK’S “MEDICINE TODAY” CALLS FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF BOYS

“Denmark needs to have a clear policy when it comes to circumcision of young boys, and on Tuesday the nine people on the Ethical Committee of the Medical Association can send an important signal to the nation.

“It would be a signal that the Danish medical profession wants a ban on circumcision before the child is 18 or older and of legal age to make his choice.

“Medical Ethics is simple: It does not cut healthy people. Infants have not made such a choice.

“How hard can it be?

“Evidently quite difficult because the debate in Denmark has for years beat around the bush…

“On one front, the tireless researcher, consultant Morten Frisch, documenting circumcision’s negative consequences….

“Step by step, Frisch and companions have documented the visible physical and psychological complications, the legal flaws and challenged the obvious ethical lapses.

“On the other front, a number of people, with TV host Martin Krasnik as one of the more well known and offensive characters, reject the idea that circumcision is a public matter.

“The operation is trivialized and made into a private matter, which is inextricably linked to thousands of years of tradition and belonging. And in the aftermath, you often hear that a ban will lead to emigration and an even more widespread use of quacks.

“It is argued even for – with support from WHO – that circumcision can have positive effects in relation to sexually transmitted diseases, but also here is the documentation modest.

“The hot porridge, which so diligently walking are around, of course, fear of stepping two religious groups toes. This causes many politicians to tread water, and it has received National Board of Health to tread water after the release of the limp guidance in 2014.

“All due respect for the freedom to practice a religion, but Denmark should at least create equality when it comes to circumcision. It is morally thin leg, that we ban the genital mutilation of African girls, but not Muslim and Jewish boys.

“As a contributor Mikkel Andersson other day so rightly suggested, then you should remove the word ‘female’ from this section of the Criminal Code:

” ‘§ 245 a. Any person who by a legemsangreb with or without the consent cuts away or otherwise removing the female genitalia whole or in part, is punishable by imprisonment for up to six years.’

“While the discussion back of the front takes on a more aggressive tone, we can hope for a more cool consideration of three of the relatively new and younger forces in the key positions in health care.

“It could be the Medical Association President, Andreas Rudkjøbing that – hopefully on the basis of an opinion from the Ethics Committee – can put the association’s strong voice behind the demand for a ban. He certainly has the backing of the 3,000 colleagues in DSAM that called circumcision without clinical evidence of mutilation.

“It could be the National Board of Health Søren Brostrøm, which – of course on a mandate from parliament – may revise Anne Mette Dons’ shoddy guidance from 2014.

“And it could not at least be health and elderly minister Sophie Løhde that can put Denmark on the world map as a pioneer once again. We’ve been there before, with permits for sex change operations, partnerships for homosexuals, artificial insemination of single, yes, the world’s first female minister was even Danish, namely Nina Bang in 1924th

“Perhaps it is easier to allow than to ban, but this is the time to create equality and time to challenge the age-old rituals, which of course can easily be modernized. And in fact have been in some circuits.”

~Nicolai Döllner, Dagens Medicin
nd@dagensmedicin.dk

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http://www.dagensmedicin.dk/opinion/leder/forhud-turretur/

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