Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Norway Passes Circumcision Legislation

In March, nurses had compared circumcision to female genital mutilation

By: Shaleni McBain

Published: June 26th, 2014 in Health » World

Norway Passes Circumcision Legislation

The Norwegian Parliament has passed legislation protecting circumcision as a legal right.

The new bill states the purpose behind the move is “ensure that the ritual circumcision of boys conducted in a safe manner, and to ensure that an offer of ritual circumcision is available,” in cases where the procedure is “religiously justified.”

The law states that circumcisions must be performed by a licensed physician, but provides for ritual circumcision to be performed by others, but only “if the physician is present and is responsible for the procedure.”

In March, Norway’s nurses union asked for the government to put a ban on non-medical circumcision in boys under 15.

Astrid Grydeland Ersvik, a representative for the union, told the Aftenposten tabloid at the time that “Jews are a small group in Norway, they have been allowed to influence the debate on this issue.”

Ersvik even went as far as comparing male circumcision to female genital mutilation, which is banned in Norway.

“If we get a law that allows this in boys while it is illegal in girls, then this is discriminatory,” she said.

Glad to know that Norway’s government understands that, for Jews, the bris is a tradition we’ve conducted for generations, and, for Norway’s Jewish community, will still be able to continue.

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