Should Circumcision Be Illegal? Circumcision Ban is on the Ballot in San FranciscoMolly Thornberg
Is it your decision to circumcise your son? A group in San Francisco thinks NO. So much so that they have secured 7,700 signatures from city residents to get a measure on the November ballot banning circumcision, taking away the family’s choice on the matter.
If the vote passes, circumcision among males under the age of 18 would be prohibited.
Failing to adhere to the law would result in a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions. Banning would almost certainly bring legal action, claiming violations of the first amendment, allowing people to exercise their religious beliefs.
The topic of circumcision is a hot one amongst the mommy community, both for and against.
Some see the practice as a form of unnecessary genital mutilation. Read: Why My Son Isn’t Circumcised.
Others see it as a necessary procedure to prevent disease. Read: Circumcision Could Cut the Risk of Cervical Cancer.
70% of American men are circumcised, compared to the worldwide average of 30%.
Should Circumcising Your Child Be Your Choice?