Thursday, 24 February 2011
It's about to happen in San Francisco: the city that already banned Happy Meals and sitting on the sidewalk.
But is banning circumcision on boys under the age of 18 and taking parents to jail if they fail to comply taking it a bit too far?
Boys have been circumcised since the beginning of time. The Jews were told to circumcise their baby boys to set them apart from other religions. Jewish boys today are still circumcised, but one man is looking to change that by placing the option on the ballot in San Francisco next November to ban this practice, even for religious purposes. Is this even Constitutional?
City residential Lloyd Schofield proposed the ban and says that he is on track to gain enough signatures for his proposal. He says that waiting until boys are 18 to perform a circumcision is the safer decision. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association do not recommend routine circumcision. Some studies, however, indicate that circumcision reduces the risk of STD transmission.
Several Jewish organizations have weighed in against the ban as well, pointing out that circumcision rituals play an important historical role for many Jews. Schofeld counters that under his proposed law, adults would be free to opt-in to circumcision, but infants would not be allowed to have the procedure until they reach 18.
If it passes, those caught cutting foreskins would face a fine of $1,000 and a year in prison. Seems like a hefty price to pay, doesn't it?
Do you think that banning circumcision is an infringement on the Bill of Rights?