baby_crying.jpgOpponents of circumcision are having a great May, it seems. Not only will a measure banning the procedure appear on the November ballot in San Francisco: now the proposed ban is headed south.

As the Chron notes, our intactivist (No, really. That’s what they like to be called) allies to the south are attempting to replicate SF’s proposed ban in Santa Monica. With luck, the ban may appear on the 2012 ballot in Santa Monica.

The nonprofit MGM (Male Genital Mutilation) Bill has been pivotal in bringing their cause to the attention of various cities since the failure of their Massachusetts initiative, they say on their site.

As Matthew Hess, president of MGM Bill, tells the Santa Monica Daily Press, “We’re not trying to stop people from getting circumcised if they want to. We just want to protect children from getting it forced on them.”

As expected, many religious organizations are fighting both bills in the name of religious freedom.

“It’s currently illegal to circumcise or draw a single drop of blood from a girl’s genitals,” Hess told the Daily Press. “This is an example where religious freedom is not absolute.”

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  • TLCTugger

    It’s settled law that the 1st amendment doesn’t grant the right to harm or neglect a child in the name of religion. Just ask a Snake Handler (children may not handle by law), Jehovah’s Witness (denial of blood transfusion banned), Christian Scientist (denial of medical treatment banned), Latter Day Saint (forced child marriage banned), or Muslim (genital cutting of females banned).

    The 14th amendment demands equal protection under the law. We can’t FAIL to protect someone from harm just because of his gender or his parents’ faith.

    Circumcision is NOT a medical procedure when there is no diagnosis of defect or disease, and no record of other less-destructive remedies tried before resorting to the drastic last-resort step of amputation. “Male” is not a diagnosis. Foreskin is not a birth defect.

    Foreskin feels REALLY good. HIS body, HIS decision.

  • TLCTugger

    It’s settled law that the 1st amendment doesn’t grant the right to harm or neglect a child in the name of religion. Just ask a Snake Handler (children may not handle by law), Jehovah’s Witness (denial of blood transfusion banned), Christian Scientist (denial of medical treatment banned), Latter Day Saint (forced child marriage banned), or Muslim (genital cutting of females banned).

    The 14th amendment demands equal protection under the law. We can’t FAIL to protect someone from harm just because of his gender or his parents’ faith.

    Circumcision is NOT a medical procedure when there is no diagnosis of defect or disease, and no record of other less-destructive remedies tried before resorting to the drastic last-resort step of amputation. “Male” is not a diagnosis. Foreskin is not a birth defect.

    Foreskin feels REALLY good. HIS body, HIS decision.

  • same as above

    Let’s keep this ball rolling: where do the foreskins capitated go? To what use are they put? Isn’t this ‘practice’ a way of enforcing the paternalistic imperative? Of making pretty sure there won’t be a licentious tribe? You say you are against porn? Be against circumcision. Or be against surgically modified breasts. You say you can’t remember the procedure, so it musn’t have been traumatic? But isn’t psychic life like tree growth? Or do you prefer saying, “That’s just the way that i am wired.” We begin with the acorn, for Christsake. Don’t take a chip off it.

  • same as above

    Let’s keep this ball rolling: where do the foreskins capitated go? To what use are they put? Isn’t this ‘practice’ a way of enforcing the paternalistic imperative? Of making pretty sure there won’t be a licentious tribe? You say you are against porn? Be against circumcision. Or be against surgically modified breasts. You say you can’t remember the procedure, so it musn’t have been traumatic? But isn’t psychic life like tree growth? Or do you prefer saying, “That’s just the way that i am wired.” We begin with the acorn, for Christsake. Don’t take a chip off it.