Friday, July 22, 2011

Snipping Ban in San Francisco

"Nanny Rules" have gone too far. In San Francisco proponents are arguing for a No Circumcision Law. Their position is that the circumcision of males under the age of 18 should be punishable by fines and/or jail and they want this bill on deck at the August 15th Senate committee hearing. (Which obviously translates to: any 19 year old male can attach any number of rings, chains, etc. to that organ.)

This ban is despite the fact that international health groups promote circumcision as a deterent to the spread of AIDs and if you don't think San Francisco needs that, come out from under your sheltering rock.

This group of deranged citizens argue that the practice is a form of genital mutilation and that parents should not be allowed to force their decision on a young child. They believe the City is better equipped to make decisions. If I were a parent, I'd be beyong rage at this kind of thinking. "My Kid; My Decision."

Amazingly enough, a coalition of Jews and Muslims, working together, filed a lawsuit saying saying that male circumcision is widely practiced by members of both faiths. They argue that the new bill would be a violation of First Amendment rights. Their suit also argues that state law bars local government from restricting medical procedures meaning: the City can't stop doctors from performing it. (So why this law at all?)

The whole tempest is a non-issue simply because 80% of American males are already circumcised.

However there is still hope for Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles and Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco who propose this nonsense. Only 30% of males worldwide are circumcised. There's your market, Mr. Gatto and Ms. Ma -- go for it internationally where you can win.

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