Circumcision, a tradition rooted in religious tradition, may soon be a thing of the past in San Francisco, where “civil rights advocates” are trying to ban it.
The thrust of the proposal is that circumcision poses medical risks and has little medical benefit, according to an NBC article that also alleges there’s a national push to end the procedure.
San Fran resident Lloyd Schofield is spearheading the effort to get the 7,000 signatures required to get the measure on the November ballot. Then comes the difficult part, convincing voters that snipping body parts is a bad idea.
Schofield has said he is working with a group to “end male genital mutilation in the U.S.”
“I always knew this was something wrong to do to a child,” Schofield told The San Francisco Examiner.
“Although some studies indicate that circumcision reduces the risk of STD transmission, others have indicated that the procedure is not worth the associated risks and diminished sexual function,” the NBC article says.
If the measure becomes law, those caught cutting foreskins would face a fine of $1,000 and a year in prison. Only people over the age of 18 would be allowed to have their foreskins removed, according to the NBC article.