San Francisco Looking to Ban Circumcisions

| by Reason Foundation

By Michael C. Moynihan

Looking around for something else to ban, having successfully driven Happy Meals underground, the good people of San Francisco will be asked to consider a ballot measure to forbid circumcision. From the Washington 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.

According to a number of studies, circumcision can significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission—and San Francisco accounts for 3 percent of all HIV cases in the United States. Exit question: Do you want to live in a world of back alley circumcisions?