San Francisco to vote on male circumcision
May 18th, 2011
09:09 PM ET

San Francisco to vote on male circumcision

San Francisco voters will decide whether to ban male circumcision in the November 8 municipal election.

Activists gathered enough signatures to put a proposal on the ballot, the city's election board confirmed Wednesday.

The measure aims to prohibit all male circumcisions in San Francisco. Led by Lloyd Schofield who is part of a Bay Area “inactivist” group, the advocates want to eliminate the surgery and liken it to "male genital mutilation."

Schofield and the "inactivists" seek to make it "unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis" of anyone 17 or younger in San Francisco. Under the proposal, a person who violates the proposed ban could be jailed (not more than one year) or fined (not more than $1,000). Exemptions for religious reasons would not be allowed.

Read the full story on San Francisco's proposed circumcision ban on the CNN's Chart blog
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Filed under: California • Faith & Health

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Bobbi Lerman

    If there is no religious exemptions allowed it is unlikely to pass and if by some weird vote it did, get ready for the law suits.
    The government needs to stay out of this!


    May 20, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  2. A christian

    Is this some kind of sick liberal joke?

    May 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  3. sadiesadie

    @ frogist:
    So even though it could decrease v.aginal infections you think that it shouldn't be done?
    I say, don't circ your son, but you have no right to make that decision for me and my family.
    And how the heck would they know if a child were circu.mcised illegally?

    May 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Frogist

      @sadiesadie: Yes. I don't think it should be done until such time as the "child" can make that decision about his own body himself. You can't put it back after you cut it off. There is potential irretrievable damage that can be undone via botched procedures.
      Who gets to choose what's the right decision? Whomever has the child's best interest at heart. To me that would be the owner of the pe-nis.

      May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Peace2All




      May 20, 2011 at 2:03 am |
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