Let's here it for the Dutch

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Let's here it for the Dutch
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Thu, 05-27-2010 - 8:18pm
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Thu, 05-27-2010 - 10:02pm

Now, if only the BMA would take similar action... but I fear our British reserve and procrastination over controversial matters like this will prevent them. For now, our status quo is probably considered enough - we don't offer non-therapeutic circumcision under the NHS; but it is still legally available as a paid-for service under private health care, if a willing doctor can be found.


However, if the Netherlands and Denmark , Norway and Sweden all convert their current opposition to unnecessary circumcision into an outright ban... hey, we have a catalyst for reform that could spread even to the USA!


Thank you for posting this Fellowtraveler. I'm aware that my recent


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Thu, 05-27-2010 - 11:02pm

The link seems broken. Here is the story:

Dutch doctors' group calls for circumcision ban
Thu May 27, 2010 1:37pm EDT

AMSTERDAM (Reuters Life!) - The Royal Dutch Medical Association on Thursday suggested a possible ban on elective circumcisions for young boys, saying they were medically unnecessary and violated children's rights.

The 161-year-old organization, which represents more than 46,000 doctors and students, called the procedure "a violation of the integrity of the body."

The group, known by its Dutch initials KNMG, proposed a dialogue between doctors and religious groups on the issue.

Most non-therapeutic circumcisions in the Netherlands are performed on religious grounds. In the capital of Amsterdam, parents seeking circumcisions for elective reasons are often referred to a small clinic in a heavily Muslim neighborhood.

"KNMG sees good reasons for a legal ban on non-therapeutic circumcisions, but fears that this will lead to the operation going underground," it said in a statement.

In a column on the KNMG's website, chairman Arie Nieuwenhuijzen Kruseman said some 80 percent of the group's members agreed circumcision should be discouraged.

According to a 2007 World Health Organization report, some 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised.

(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz, editing by Paul Casciato)

Second Link: http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE64Q52H20100527




Edited 5/27/2010 11:06 pm ET by fellowtraveler
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2008
Thu, 05-27-2010 - 11:04pm
It's nice to see Drs in other countries actually take such a stance.
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Registered: 08-07-2008
Fri, 05-28-2010 - 5:54pm

Chris (and all) the Dutch docs put out a full statement:

http://www.davidwilton.com/files/knmg-viewpoint---circumcision---netherlands.pdf

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Registered: 07-02-2009
Fri, 05-28-2010 - 9:16pm

The link wasn't broken when I accessed it, thankfully.


"According to a 2007 World Health Organization report, some 30 percent of men worldwide are circumcised."


And isn't this revealing? That 30% includes all the circumcisions performed for religious reasons AND all those who were 'done' for purely cultural reasons. Subtract the USA's secular cultural total,


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Registered: 12-29-2008
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 12:16pm
It's nice to see Drs in other countries actually take such a stance

Rob


 


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Registered: 07-02-2009
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 9:06pm

"Let's hear it for the Dutch"


Not to mention their progress in the World Cup! ;)


Christopher


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CL - Circumcision Debate


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