Jewish Journal

Court snips circumcision ban from SF ballot

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 27, 2011 | 8:35 pm

Breaking news in the Circumcision Wars. In a tentative ruling today, a San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi removed a circumcision ban from the November ballot because it would violate California law by causing a city to enact a municipal ordinance regulating a medical procedure.

The news my colleagues at Bloggish:

The decision was welcomed by the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, even as they acknowledged that the tentative ruling wasn’t likely to be the end of the court battle over the ballot measure.

“We expect that the other side will appeal, so we’re in this for the long haul, but this is extremely good news and will make tomorrow’s court hearing less of a nail biter,” Abby Michelson Porth, associate director of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), wrote in an email.

The JCRC led a group of plaintiffs in bringing the lawsuit, which included Jewish and Muslim families, doctors and Jewish ritual circumcisers.

Lloyd Schofield, the ballot measure’s proponent, defended it against the lawsuit. Schofield notified the plaintiffs Wednedsay afternoon that he will appear in court on Thursday morning to oppose the ruling.

According to documents filed with the court, Schofield is acting as his own attorney. He could be reached for comment.

“It’s a great win for San Francisco parents,” Nicole Aeschleman, an attorney representing three of the plaintiffs in the case, said of the tentative ruling. “Parents will continue to have the ability to make decisions about the health and well-being of their children in consultation with the medical professionals who will actually be performing those procedures.”

Read the rest of Jonah Lowenfeld’s post and the court’s tentative ruling here.

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