Denmark is set to become the first European Union country to vote to prohibit circumcision, spurring many Jews to consider emigrating.
On the one hand, I was proud of myself. On the other hand, I was just a little bit worried about the medical consequences of my improvised bris.
Several members of parliament said that they would ignore party leaders and vote to ban non-medical circumcision.
The judge once gave a defense attorney the day off from court to attend his grandson’s bris.
A bearded man wearing a black hat dips eating utensils into the icy water while hissing from pain induced by the bitter cold.
“I didn’t think it was necessary to consult,” said Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir of the Progressive Party. “I don’t see it as a religious matter.”
“Essentially it’s about animal rights and children’s autonomy that are perceived as more important than religious freedom.”
The bill is part of a growing movement across Nordic countries to ban non-medical circumcision.
The petition proposes a punishment of up to six years in prison for someone who circumcises anyone younger than 18.
The measure compares male circumcision to female genital mutilation and calls it a violation of human rights.