San Francisco May Vote on Circumcision Ban

Opponents working to get it on ballot next year
By Matthew ,  Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2010 4:16 PM CST Posted Nov 12, 2010 4:16 PM CST
Promoted on Newser Nov 12, 2010 5:46 PM CST
San Francisco Looking To Ban Circumcision
This little guy might be happy to be in San Francisco soon.   (AP)

First San Francisco banned Happy Meal toys and now ... circumcision? A proposed ballot measure would prohibit circumcising newborn males within the city. If the measure gets enough support, it would appear on the ballot next November. If voters approved the ban, circumcision of a male under the age of 18 would be a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and a year in prison, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

Circumcision opponent Lloyd Schofield, who submitted the initiative to the city's Board of Supervisors, must collect about 7,100 signatures by April to get it on the ballot. (In the meantime, to read about how all those discarded foreskins are used, click here. And to read about how San Francisco's mayor plans to issue a futile veto on the Happy Meal toy ban, click here.)

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