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2020-11-05 Danish Medical Association - The Circumcision of Boys is Unacceptable

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  • 2020-11-05 Danish Medical Association - The Circumcision of Boys is Unacceptable

    Last year the Danish Medical Association published a policy statement, the English translation of which is "The Circumcision of Boys without Medical Indication is Ethically Unacceptable."

    See: https://www.laeger.dk/omskaering-af-...k-uacceptabelt

    It's in their Ethics section. Google Translate says:
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    Circumcision of boys without medical indication is ethically unacceptable

    Circumcision should not be performed without the informed consent of the person himself

    The Danish Medical Association believes that circumcision of boys without a medical indication is ethically unacceptable if the procedure is performed without the informed consent of the person who has the procedure performed. Thus, circumcision should not be performed until the boy has obtained the authority to independently choose the procedure.

    Justifications for the Medical Association's position

    Any surgical procedure involves a risk of complications, and therefore surgical procedures should in principle be limited to situations where they will most likely be a health benefit to the patient. The Danish Medical Association does not believe that circumcision has been documented to have a health benefit for boys.

    Circumcision involves pain and discomfort for the child being circumcised. The Danish Medical Association believes that medical interventions that involve pain or discomfort for minors should be limited to situations where the intervention is a clear health benefit for the person. The medical association does not believe that such an advantage has been documented.

    Circumcision of boys is a surgical procedure that permanently changes the anatomy of the boy. The intervention reduces the child's ability to decide over his own body and to influence his own cultural and religious affiliation. The Danish Medical Association therefore finds it best in accordance with the individual's right to self-determination that the decision on circumcision be left to the person himself when he has reached the age of majority.

    Circumcision of boys without medical indication should cease

    From a medical and medical ethics perspective, the Danish Medical Association believes that the current practice of circumcising boys without a medical indication should cease. The transition process will be complex and should be handled in dialogue with the population groups for whom boy circumcision has a special religious or cultural significance. The most important consideration in the transition to an end should be the health of the children concerned, including minimizing the number of interventions performed under conditions that are not patient safe.

    The Danish Medical Association has no basis for assessing whether a ban is currently the best solution for patient safety and the overall societal considerations. Therefore, the Danish Medical Association has not taken a position on this issue, and the Danish Medical Association is thus neither in favor of nor opposed to a ban.

    The board of the Danish Medical Association, 5 November 2020
    -Ron Low
    [email protected]
    847 414-1692 Chicago
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