San Francisco Looking to Ban Circumcisions


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?


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