Friday, April 29, 2011

Circumcisions Could Be Banned in San Francisco, Voters to Decide

This November, voters in San Francisco will decide whether or not to criminalize male circumcision so mothers like this wouldn't feel the need to take matters in their own hands.
Lloyd Schofield, who has organized a campaign to ban circumcision in San Francisco, submitted 12,265 signatures to the city’s Department of Elections on Tuesday, exceeding by more than 5,000 the amount necessary to put the initiative on the November ballot. Schofield said he believes male circumcision is wrong, and likened it to female circumcision practices that are already banned in the U.S. The proposal would punish people who circumcise a minor with a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a year in jail. The elections department has 30 days to decide whether to certify the initiative and put it on the ballot. Schofield said Thrusday that he is happy that his proposal is sparking a conversation around the city and nationwide, with media outlets across the country picking up the story. “It’s been a taboo subject … and if you can’t talk about something, there is something wrong,” he said.
Jewish groups are opposed to the proposal and are preparing the fight for their right to snip.
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