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Norway Ombudsman argues minimum circumcision age. NEWS IN BRIEF: Children’s Ombudsman Reidar Hjermann believes that there should be an age restriction on circumcising boys. Norwegian law states children are able to make decisions about religion at 15, whilst 16-year-olds can decide about their health. The Ministry of Health and Care services has already sent a separate consultation paper proposing that only doctors or experts should perform circumcisions, and that the procedure should be free.

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Norway Ombudsman argues minimum circumcision age

Published on Thursday, 1st September, 2011 at 09:21 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

NEWS IN BRIEF: Children’s Ombudsman Reidar Hjermann believes that there should be an age restriction on circumcising boys.

Father talking to son, Vigelandsparken
Father talking to son, Vigelandsparken
Photo: dionhinchcliffe/Flickr


Norwegian law states children are able to make decisions about religion at 15, whilst 16-year-olds can decide about their health.

The Ministry of Health and Care services has already sent a separate consultation paper proposing that only doctors or experts should perform circumcisions, and that the procedure should be free.

Religious leaders and representatives have condemned the Ombudsman’s proposal and it is likely to provoke further angry response, but Mr Hjermann nevertheless believes that age is important.

“This is about parents’ right to decide versus children’s rights,” he said to Dagbladet. “We now have more knowledge of how infants experience pain therefore this discussion must be had now.”




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Published on Thursday, 1st September, 2011 at 09:21 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

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