San Francisco Circumcision Ban Likely for November Ballot
04/29/11
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SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- A proposal to ban circumcision in San Francisco looks likely for the November ballot.

A group opposed to male circumcision told Reuters that it had collected more than enough signatures on petitions to qualify their proposal for the Nov. 8 vote.

The measure, which would apply only in the city of San Francisco, would make it a misdemeanor crime to circumcise a boy before he is 18 years old. The maximum penalty would be a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Circumcisions would be permitted only for medical reasons.

On Tuesday, the group submitted 12,000 signatures for verification to the city’s elections department. If 7,200 of them are valid, the proposal goes on the ballot.

Legal experts told reporters that even if the measure passes in November, it would be challenged as a constitutional violation of freedom of religion.

The Anti-Defamation League and the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council have come out against the proposal.

Abby Michaelson-Porth, associate director of the JCRC, told reporters that if the proposal makes it to the ballot, "there will be an organized campaign against it."

Jewish boys traditionally are circumcised at eight days of age and Muslims at some time during boyhood.

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This is a very serious issue. while I had thought this item was defeated or did not move foward. I see that the enemies of Jewish hate is a live and well in San Fransisco. I know some may say those words are overboard but in my view this is a direct attack on religious freedom aimed specifically at one religion. The millions of us who have had a Bris, I would venture too guess has had no ill effects and certainly there is no medical reason not to have a circumcision. We must speak out for if we do not begin to participate, as I am always chided by my wife for not doing, then we have no one to blame for what comes next except ourselves.

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