Now a Circumcision Ban? Stop It San Francisco!

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Lloyd Schofield
Lloyd Schofield
A prison sentence for circumcising your son?

It could happen if a proposed measure on San Francisco's 2011 ballot passes.

Resident Lloyd Schofield  has proposed the new law 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."

Punishment could be as much as a $1,000 fine AND a year in prison.

WTF? Seriously. As much as I hate to use that overused acronym, that's really about all there is to say in this case.

At this point, it's just a proposal, and Schofield has to collect 7,168 signatures in order to actually get it on the ballot.

But this is San Francisco we're talking about -- home of the banned Happy Meals -- so it wouldn't be surprising AT ALL if it actually makes it. In fact, I would bet money he will at least get it on there.

Circumcision is a hot parenting topic, one of the hottest in fact. 

No, it's not medically necessary, and there are a few risks. But there are some benefits too (reduced risk of STDs for one).

Those are the facts. Beyond that, it's a a deeply personal decision that parents have to make for their child. No one should be able to put them in jail for doing what they feel is right, what's been done for thousands of years.

What's next, banning little girls from getting their ears pierced? How about braces -- those are just for cosmetic purposes and can be painful? There are a million parenting decisions we make for our children each day because that's part of OUR job, not the government's job.

If someone doesn't want to circumcise their own child, fine, but to try and criminalize it for others is an infringement on the rights of parents and a ridiculous extremist approach to what should be a personal decision.

So stop it, San Francisco. Stop it before it gets on the ballot, before it has a chance of actually becoming a law. Your Happy Meal ban is bad enough, but hands off when it comes to penises.

Would you vote for a ban on circumcision?

 

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TippyD TippyD

this is sad. parents need to be the ones making the choices for their kids, not the government, if this can get on the ballot it will only be a matter of time before vax'ing/not vax'ing, piercing ears, etc.. are on the ballot:(

colle... collectivecow

No, it should not be on the ballot whether or not I personally agree or disagree with circumsicion. This would in effect violate Freedom of religion for some and while I may or may not disagree with the subject, I do agree with following the Constitution.

It is also a parent's choice to make for their children.

Sheil... Sheila_Kaye

I chose not to circumcise my son. But that was my decision as a parent. I am personally against circumcision but this is ridiculous!

nonmember avatar Matt

"People can practice whatever religion they want, but your religious practice ends with someone else’s body."

This law is needed to protect the innocent from unwanted violence against their body. The person whose body it is should make the decision. It is not a vax or an ear piercing. It is an amputation.

nonmember avatar Equal

@TippyD
This is an individuals choice to make for himself. And it is about time!

@collectivecow
Your freedom of religion stops where my body begins, you do not have the right to cut another persons body.

I believe in the constitution as well! The difference is that I am educated and aware of the SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE. Also the 14th amendment in this country was for equal rights. As of now there is an unconstitutional law that protects only females from forced genital cutting.

Deacn... DeacnConsMom

I really hope San Francisco doesn't start influencing the rest of the country. That will be scary. Before you know it we won't have any rights whatsoever.

meatb... meatball77

There's this little thing called Seperation of Church and State that would make that law unconstitutional.  Circumcision is a sacred religious right for many.

Magno... MagnoliaQueen

@Matt and Equal; I'm assuming neither of you are Jewish.

-AJ -AJ

Oh, yeah..let's tell people what they can and can't do with their son's genitals. What a screwed up concept. If this passes..well, I can't see anything but bad things happening for the folks that live there. Hopefully other cities in CA or any other states don't follow suit whether or not it passes.

nonmember avatar Jen

"It's an amputation." Seriously?

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