Commend Recommendations to Ban Non-Medical Circumcisions


Target:  Dr. Peter Torsten Sřrensen of the Danish College of General Practitioners and the doctors of the Sweden Medical Association

Goal: Thank Sweden and Denmark for recommending there be a ban on non-medical circumcisions on boys

Medical groups in Sweden and Denmark have recommended there be a ban on any non-medical circumcision procedures on young males. The Danish College of General Practitioners made an announcement that ceremonial circumcision of boys was equivalent to violence and abuse. Alongside them is the Sweden Medical Association, who proposed a minimum age requirement of 12 years, with the boy’s permission, before the procedure can take place.

 Jewish and Muslim communities practice ritual circumcisions. In the Jewish practice, the sacramental circumcision is usually prepared a couple of days after a baby boy’s birth. Ceremonial circumcision is also a part of the Muslim faith, usually taking place before the boy is 10 years old. Jewish “mohels” or otherwise known as ceremonial circumcisers, are given licenses from the board but must have a doctor or nurse present during the circumcision. Recent legislation from Sweden says that a licensed professional must carry out both medical and non-medical circumcisions.

Circumcision compromises the social and health rights of a child. The recommendations brought forth by Sweden and Denmark are courageous and show that these are necessary steps in the right direction for children’s rights. Please sign this petition to thank Sweden and Denmark for their recommendations.


Dear Dr. Peter Torsten Sřrensen of the Danish College of General Practitioners and the doctors of the Sweden Medical Association,

Circumcision is a topic that has stirred up a lot of debate over the decades, but it is a topic that is an important discussion alongside topics such as children’s rights and child abuse. Thank you for all of your courage by recommending the changes to the current circumcision laws. Both the groups at the Danish College of General Practitioners and the Sweden Medical Association came up with great recommendations to alleviate the problem at hand.

Medical and non-medical circumcisions are risky procedures and should be taken more seriously when it comes to ceremonial circumcisions, during which any type of mishap can take place. The boy should have a right to say whether he wants the procedure to be done or not, so adding an age limit would be beneficial. Once again, thank you for all of your recommendations.


[Your Name Here]

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