Circumcision Debate in Norway

Professor of childhood diseases Trond Mark Stad said that hundreds of Norwegian infants are circumcised in Norway each year and more children are exposed to pain and risk of complications when they are circumcised. The professor proposed that the children have risk of a number of complications such as bleeding and deforming the penis.

Professor of medical ethics at the University of Oslo, Jan Helge Solbakk also wanted ban and argued that circumcision of boys is an abuse.

Unreasonable criticism

Physician at Women's Clinic at the National Hospital and former head of the Jewish religious community, Rolf Kirschner, replied the criticism and said the arguments are completely unreasonable.

– First I would say that I am surprised this issue comes up when there are so many other children's rights being violated so brutally, “said Kirschner.

A Long Debate

The use of circumcision for medical or health reasons is an issue that continues to be debated in the world. Currently, the procedure is recommended in older boys and men to treat phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) or to treat an infection of the penis as well as a protection from urinary tract infections, that are common over the lifetime, inferior genital hygiene, smegma, sexually transmitted HIV. However, circumcision done by unhygienic ways poses risks.

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