Danish Parliament to consider bill to ban circumcision

Danish MPs will vote on a possible circumcision ban for children – very possibly in November, after it was confirmed over the summer that a citizens’ motion gathered the necessary 50,000 signatures from the public.

However, it still needed to be assessed whether a ban is possible within the framework of section 67 of the Constitution – and, according to the Lovsekretariat parliamentary secretariat, this does not seem likely.

The bill is not expected to be approved. In fact, MPs have so far rejected ever single citizens’ motion submitted to Parliament since the law changed to permit the motions from January 2018 onwards.

Approving the ban would make it illegal to circumcise children – a routine operation in several religions, including Judaism and Islam, and also many countries, like the US.
So far, only the far left Enhedslisten and the SF parties support a ban.

Intact Denmark, which orchestrated the petition, hailed the news, saying an approved motion would make “world history”.

“We expect the resolution to be tabled in connection with the opening week of the Folketing in October and first reviewed during November,” Intact Denmark spokesperson Lena Nyhus said.


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