Circumcising a boy before they reach an age where they can decide for themselves is “ethically unacceptable,” doctors in Denmark have said, the International Business Times reports. The Danish Medical Association made the recommendation, stressing that the procedure should be “an informed, personal choice,” and warning against possible complications.
A press release said that only when there is an express medical need should a circumcision be performed on boys under the age of 18. “To be circumcised should be an informed, personal choice,” Lise Møller, the chairwoman of the doctors’ association’s ethics board, said. “It is most consistent with the individual’s right to self-determination that parents not be allowed to make this decision but that it is left up to the individual when he has come of age.”
The Medical Association further commented that it weighed the benefits of calling for an outright ban on circumcising boys before they come of age. However, the organization stated that there are too many unknowns at this stage and urged for decisions to be undertaken in conjunction with religious groups. Read more at International Business Times.