Jewish Journal


November 13, 2010

San Francisco may vote to ban circumcision


I’ve written before about the circumcision wars and adult circumcision and an odd Oregon case involving a parental dispute over circumcising their teenage son.

Now there is a push in San Francisco to outlaw circumcision. Here’s something short from the San Francisco Examiner:

A proposed ballot measure for the November 2011 ballot – when voters will be electing the San Francisco’s next mayor – would amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.”

Doing so would result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail, according to the proposed measure submitted to the Department of Elections.

The measure was submitted by San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield, who has spoken up on this issue in the past.

The local CBS affiliate says a comment from Schofield and some man-on-the-street stuff.

I’m not really sure how effective such a ban would be. I mean, San Francisco isn’t that big of a city, and it’s surrounded by other cities. Seems like any parent who still wants to circumcise their boy would just take them over to Berkeley or Oakland or Marin County.

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