SF voters to decide on circumcision ban in November
A controversial proposal that, if approved, would ban male circumcision will appear on San Francisco’s November ballot, elections officials said Wednesday.
The Department of Elections certified just over 7,700 signatures gathered by proponents of the ban who aim to outlaw the practice of circumcising males 18 years or younger — even despite religious or cultural traditions.
Anyone, including medical practitioners, could face a $1,000 fine and one year in jail if they violate the ban in accordance with the proposal.
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Supporters of the ban argued that the practice of circumcision would “protect ALL infants and children in San Francisco from the pain and harm caused by forced genital cutting,” according to campaign literature posted on their web site.
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