Self-described “civil rights advocates” say that a ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November. The proposed law is being spearheaded by local resident Lloyd Schofield, according to the San Francisco Examiner. It is part of a national push to end the procedure, which some say is steeped in tradition but poses risks and has little medical benefit. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the decision to circumcise is one best made by parents in consultation with their pediatrician, taking into account what is in the best interests of the child, including medical, religious, cultural, and ethnic traditions.
Getting on the ballot is the easy part — only about 7,000 signatures are required. Once it’s there, advocates will have to convince voters that snipping off body parts is a bad idea.
Several Jewish organizations have weighed in against the ban as well, pointing out that circumcision rituals play an important historical role for many Jews. Schofeld counters that under his proposed law, adults would be free to opt-in to circumcision, but infants would not be allowed to have the procedure until they reach 18. ‘Would you like to help protect the children from forced circumcision? This is a human-rights issue,’” Schofield said.
If it passes, those caught cutting foreskins would face a fine of $1,000 and a year in prison. Only people over the age of 18 would be allowed to have their foreskins removed.
Of course, circumcision in the name of human-rights is fine for these liberals. Yet when it comes to partial-birth abortion, it’s ”judicial independence” and “allowing politics to hijack medical care”. The City of San Francisco stood along Planned Parenthood in a case that went all the way to the US Supreme Court. Back in 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold the ban on partial birth abortion. San Francisco is the only municipality in the nation ever to challenge an abortion restriction (at that time).
When are these liberals going to get their priorities straight? San Francisco is facing a 2011 budget deficit of anywhere from $438M to $750M, depending upon the multiple sources on the web. Start governing and leave the decision of circumcision to that of the parents and their doctor.