Ban-Happy San Fran Considers Cutting Circumcisions
There is a movement to put a circumcision ban on the ballot next year that would “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,” according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Circumcision is an age-old practice, but it has recently come under fire from activists (or “intactivists,” as many call themselves) who denounce it as barbaric. Perhaps it was only a matter of time until we’d see efforts to legally ban circumcisions, and indeed, this effort is stemming at the moment at least from the efforts of an individual activist, not the city government.
The truth is that circumcision rates in the U.S. have been dropping in recent years. For those that choose to have their sons circumcised, there are many reasons for what is often a very difficult decision. And of course, for Jews and Muslims, circumcision is a religious requirement, and none of the news reports I’ve seen on San Francisco’s proposed ban mention anything about religious exemptions.
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