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June 1, 2018 1:49 pm

Danish Lawmakers Set to Deliberate Circumcision Ban

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The floor of the Folketing, or Danish Parliament, at the Christiansborg Palace. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Lawmakers in Denmark are set to debate a measure to ban circumcision for children under 18 after organizers attracted more than 50,000 signatures on a petition.

“I’m really pleased. This is a great day for us,” said Lena Nyhus, the driving force behind Intact Denmark, the group behind the petition, reported The Copenhagen Post.

The petition, citing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, calls for a six-year prison sentence for those carrying out circumcisions on boys under the age of 18 unless there is a medical reason, AFP reported.

Under Danish law, citizens can require parliament to debate an issue if they gather the required 50,000 signatures. However, the petition faces an uphill battle in parliament as no major Danish party has expressed support for the measure.

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The Jewish community in Denmark has objected to the petition, saying that it has practiced circumcision without issues in the country for more than 400 years.

Earlier this year, the fellow Scandinavian country Iceland considered a ban on circumcision. However, that bill stalled amid opposition from lawmakers and international outcry.

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