Danish lawmakers debating ban on circumcision

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Lawmakers in Denmark are debating whether to ban circumcision. A recent study conducted by a Danish newspaper found that nearly 75 percent of people there believe the practice should be limited or banned. Last year, the Council of Europe, an international advisory board, adopted a resolution opposing all kinds of ritual circumcision, saying it casts a "moral stain" and fosters racist trends.

Some urologists say the operation has its up-sides, including lowering the rate of H.I.V. infection and eliminating the chance for penile cancer. In the U.S., where circumcision rates have traditionally been much higher, the practice has been trending downwards in recent years. Around 60 percent of men in the U.S. have had the procedure.

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