Dutch doctors want end to male circumcision

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The circumcision of boys is dangerous and a violation of children’s rights, and the cabinet and parliament should speak out against it.

These statements are made by the Dutch doctors’ association KNMG in an opinion article in national newspaper Trouw on Wednesday. The association says that around the world the procedure is increasingly seen as not normal.

In the Netherlands, the ritual procedure is carried out between 10,000 and 15,000 times a year, often without anaesthetic. KNMG stops short of calling for a ban, because it fears this would lead to the procedure going ‘underground’.

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