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Are Norwegians' circumcision concerns unfounded?
by Michael Sandelson
Current legislation prevents Norwegian public hospital staff performing male circumcisions.
Last month, the Ministry of Health and Care sent a legal proposal to allow ritual neo-natal circumcisions at hospitals out for hearing.
Specifying the procedure "must only be performed by competent people under the supervision of health personnel and with the aid of an anaesthetic", the government wants to prevent the practise going underground.
The following week, and unrelated to the proposal, the Children's Ombudsman, Reidar Hjermann, told the Jewish Community in Oslo he suggested banning it entirely for the under-15s.
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