Finnish Legislator Calls for Criminalizing Male Circumcision, Launches Government Inquiry

A Finnish Member of Parliament has proposed criminalizing male circumcision in Finland and has launched a formal government inquiry into including boys as well as girls in protection from genital cutting.

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Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child

Finns Party MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala is calling for the criminalisation of male circumcision in Finland. In a formal inquiry to the government, Saarakkala says expanding the circumcision ban on girls to include boys is an issue of fundamental rights.

The Finns Party parliamentarian wants the courts to adopt a streamlined approach to male circumcision. He points to two recent circumcision court cases. In one a layman and the child’s parents were convicted of conspiracy to commit assault. In the other, a doctor who performed a circumcision was not convicted, but the child’s father was fined for assault.

Saarakkala is advocating cutting out circumcision for both sexes.

Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court has ruled that ritual male circumcision is legal when carried out under medical supervision.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/news/2012/03/finns_party_proposes_circumcision_ban_3311812.html

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