More than 400 Icelandic doctors have signed a statement expressing their support of the bill proposing a ban on circumcising boys, RÚV reports. The controversial bill, currently before the Icelandic parliament, proposes a prison sentence of up to six years for anyone who performs a circumcision on a child for non-medical reasons.
The doctors’ statement references a 2013 research article asserting that circumcision of male infants does not have any significant health or preventative benefits in Western countries, causes pain, and may even lead to long-term complications. They also assert the procedure goes against the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hippocratic Oath, which states “primum non nocere:” above all, do no harm.
Religious leaders in Iceland and abroad have expressed opposition to the proposal, including Bishop of the National Church of Iceland Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir.