Circumcision: the long and the short of it

February 10th, 2014

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Majority of Danes against circumcising boys

A majority of Danes want a ban on the religious circumcision of boys, but there is no indication that Sundhedsstyrelsen, the national board of health, will recommend a ban. According to a poll of 1,001 Danish adults conducted by InFact for DR Nyheder, six out of ten Danes believe that politicians should introduce a ban.

The poll was taken in conjunction with the health department's efforts to update its recommendations. Currently, the guide does not recommend for or against circumcision. An early draft of the latest recommendations sets out the same non-position.

READ MORE: Circumcision ban not necessary, board of health finds

Male circumcision is an ancient tradition involving the removal of a portion of the foreskin from the penis.

Many Jews and Muslims circumcise their sons while they are quite young, and 72 percent of the Danes surveyed said that the procedure should only be made available to a boy once he turns 18 and can decide for himself.


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