Will circumcision be Regulated?
by FFE EU News staff
Anne Lindboe, Norway’s Children’s Ombudswoman, has been calling for a ban on circumcision in the country since 2012. Today, Health minister Bent Høie has announced he may just answer the call.
The minister has said he will be introducing a new law before April 2014 that would regulate the non-medical circumcision of boys under 18. He explained ‘We will review submissions on the matter before we can decide what should be the government’s position. We aim to present a bill before Easter.’
Children’s Ombudswoman Lindboe meanwhile reiterated her calls for the ban this month. However, she explained that ‘This is not due to any lack of understanding of minorities or religious traditions, but because the procedure is irreversible, painful and risky.’
Oslo Jewish community president Ervin Kohn meanwhile said that the debate is an ‘existential matter’ for his 700-member group.
According to statistics, about 2,000 Muslim babies and seven Jewish babies in Norway undergo this procedure every year.