San Fran may vote on circumcision ban

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.

22 comments Add your comment

BettyLouMay

February 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

I don’t like the look of an uncircumcised penis, and it comes down to what I want to look at when I change my kids’ diapers and I don’t want that looking back at me.

JoanneG

February 23rd, 2011
9:10 pm

Ewwwww! Penises are SO nasty!

Mike Thorne

February 23rd, 2011
10:00 pm

I will never forgive my mother for circumcising me. I have always felt like a part of me was missing. Since my teens I have to wear a synthetic foreskin made of flexible plastic over my penis just to feel normal. I shouldn’t have to do this!

Frank

February 23rd, 2011
10:24 pm

I don’t remember being circumcised so I’m sure it’s fine to do. Ain’t no woman has ever complained about my junk.

RedNeck Rick

February 24th, 2011
7:11 am

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We will not dick around with people’s dicks!”

BThumper

February 24th, 2011
7:35 am

No surprise here. Circumcision is practiced by Jews and most Christians. When the Nazis rampaged all over Europe the first thing they did to pick out the Jews was to hold a “short arm inspection”. US diplomats had a hard time convincing the Nazis that most US males were circumcised @ birth. Circumcision is the choice of the parent and not the State.

HoodedPeen

February 24th, 2011
8:57 am

I have a very large uncircumcised penis. I have never had any girls ever say anything about it (of course they are usually drunk and probably didn’t notice anyway), but I always get tons of compliments on my “skillz” in the bed. My point is, I enjoy better sex than the circ’d men. I just want to thank my mom and dad (whoever you are) for not cutting off part of my dick.

Ryan

February 24th, 2011
1:51 pm

I’ll agree with this, conditionally, If you outlaw circumcisions before 18, outlaw tattoos and all piercings before 18 also. If we are actually concerned about non-adult physical “mutilation”, and yes this does include ears.

Ryan

February 24th, 2011
1:53 pm

that includes with parental permission, because, apparently parents can’t be trusted

jack

February 24th, 2011
2:05 pm

Im am so glad that I’m cut, Im a nurse and Ive seen and have to insert catheter at times, eww, so gross, maybe ok when ure young but when ure older??? gotta scrape those cream cheese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yuck!

Mike

February 25th, 2011
9:14 pm

Why is it that so many anti-circumcision advocates are gay?

Real man, not a baby boy

February 25th, 2011
9:57 pm

“the procedure is not worth the associated risks and diminished sexual function”

HAHAHAHA! What a tool! I’m circumcised and there IS NO diminished sexual function! Who does this jerk think he is? Every female partner I’ve ever had has told me their repulsion at uncut members. To each girl her own, but I plan on having any male child cut, and God help the jackass that tries to pass legislation to tkae away that RIGHT!

Real man, not a baby boy

February 25th, 2011
10:00 pm

Hooded Peen: “I have a very large uncircumcised penis.”

Anyone who is dick enough to write bs like this has a very small penis. HAHAHAHAHA!!! Tool!

Phil Cooper

February 26th, 2011
4:17 pm

All it means is that people who want a circumcision procedure will go to Marin County, San Mateo County or Contra Costa County to have it performed. With San Francisco circling the drain financially, you’d think they’d have bigger issues to worry about.

Phil Cooper

February 26th, 2011
4:21 pm

@Mike, Dr. Dean Edell frequently spoke out against circumcision on his show on KGO AM 810. Dr. Edell is not gay, and comes from a Jewish background, yet he’s probably done more to raise the issue in people’s minds than anyone else in the last 50 years.

Phil Cooper

February 26th, 2011
4:29 pm

Lloyd Schofield was interviewed last week by nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin. It was a very short interview when Schofield refused to answer any questions about himself and his motivation to promote this ballot issue. It left the audience with the distinct impression that he’s a weasel and that he’s pushing a barrow.

Mike

February 26th, 2011
10:37 pm

I’m not circumsized, but have come up with a little trick to make it look like I am. I can send pictures and directions to anyone that is interested. You just need some super glue and some surgical tape. The tape usually comes off during sex, but I usually just act like I have no idea what it is and blame the chick.

ClearTheAir

February 27th, 2011
12:50 am

Circumcision is, most of the time, cosmetic surgery. It is disgusting to perform such surgery on an infant, who can’t give consent, simply so the parent can be happy with the appearance of the child’s penis. Or, to put it another way, customizing the genitalia of a child in order to please an adult is sick.
Perhaps even worse, it’s often done without anaesthesia, causing the child immense pain.

I invite those who think circumcision is a fine idea to go have the same or a similar operation performed on themselves, without anaesthetic – just like an infant would endure. Let a doctor strap you down to a board and cut/rip off your foreskin or the hood of your clitoris without anaesthetic while you scream. If you aren’t willing to go through that yourself, you shouldn’t put your child through it.

Bottom line: it isn’t your body! If there’s no legitimate medical reason to fiddle with it, leave your son’s penis alone. If a male is unhappy with having a foreskin, he can have it removed when he’s older and, can give informed consent, AND can get anaesthetic.

Steve

February 28th, 2011
11:03 am

Any comparison of male circumcision with female genital mutilation is absurd. Go to Africa, meet the women (and girls) who suffer for the rest of their lives from genital mutilation, and you will never make the comparison again.
Really, you do great harm to efforts to stop the cruelty in Africa by your language.

armywife

February 28th, 2011
4:41 pm

It really does no harm to circumsize or not. If it is a religious thing then even the law cannot change their practice. Remeber “freedom of religion.” And I am somewhat sure that the small missing piece of skin from your penis is not why you have always felt like something was missing in your life. If you really are wearing a fake one, I would advise you to seek professional help.

Jackno

March 1st, 2011
12:10 pm

Male circumcision causes severe harm. It is pain to the child and a whole range of sensation and sexual and protective function are lost FOR LIFE. The lips and fingertips have similar touch sense. To take this away from another person without their consent is heinous.

It is amusing how cut men say they are fine. That is great that they think that but they have a modified and reduced penis. Women that know, observe that natural is better for both partners for natural reasons, it is the sex we were all intended to have. Do what you want to your own genitals, but cutting parts of a baby off is so outrageous and will be stopped.

Jackno

March 1st, 2011
12:12 pm

Your religiioius freedom stops where the knife contacts the babies penis. Also, this is pro freedom of religion it does not mutilate a baby based on some other person attempting to impose their religion.