A judicial committee of Iceland's parliament has recommended scrapping a bill that would ban the nonmedical circumcision of boys.
Lawmakers from four parties submitted the measure for a vote in March pending a review by the Judicial Affairs and Educational Committee, the local news site Visir reported Thursday. Parliament may vote on the bill despite the committee's objection.
The bill, which calls the Jewish and Muslim custom cruel and dangerous, would make Iceland the only European country where nonmedical circumcision of boys under 18 is illegal. Across Europe, the custom is under attack by liberals who find it a violation of children's rights and nationalists who argue it is foreign to European culture.