TALK BACK: About this circumcision ban, San Francisco. . .
Quintessentially San Francisco, or has this city gone nuts?
Excuse the pun, but proponents of a ban on circumcision in San Francisco brought more than 12,000 signatures to the city’s Elections Department this morning hoping to place the initiative on the November ballot, the Chronicle reported.
It needs 7,200 valid signatures for it to qualify and put before voters. The ban’s proponents want to outlaw the practice of circumcision within city limits — violators would face a stiff $1,000 fine (excuse us again) and would be punishable by up to a year in jail.
Talk of the ban has garnered national attention when the ban’s author, San Francisco-resident Lloyd Schofield, began collecting signatures to “protect ALL infants and children in San Francisco from the pain and harm caused by forced genital cutting,” according to campaign literature posted on his web site.
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