A San Franciscan Wants to Pass a Law… to Ban… Circumcision

What? How is it any of the city’s business what parents decide concerning their own children?

Jewish groups and others are up at arms over an attempt to outlaw male circumcision in San Francisco by putting the issue to a popular vote.  Self-described “intactivist” Lloyd Schofield has been collecting signatures for a voter initiative that would criminalize infant circumcision in the Californian city.  After two months of collecting names, he claims to be more than half way toward getting the 7,168 signatures he needs by late April to put the matter on the November ballot.  Schofield and a growing community of anti-circumcision activists say that infants should not be forced to participate in what is essentially culturally accepted genital mutilation.

Outlaw circumcision…  That’s Frisco for ya…  I think instead they should outlaw stupidity.  The city would be better off by far (and much emptier apparently if the petition signatories are any indication).

6 thoughts on “A San Franciscan Wants to Pass a Law… to Ban… Circumcision

  1. Robert J. Wilson 6 Mar 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Excuse me, but why in the world…in this day and age…are parents CHOOSING to mutilate their children’s sex organs??? There is no legitimate reason to slice off a functional portion of a person’s wang before they’re even old enough to offer their input.

    I love that abortion is murder but somehow this isn’t child abuse…


    • Jim 6 Mar 2011 at 1:15 pm

      calling circumcision mutilation is like calling clipping your toenails mutilation or getting a haircut mutilation. the very word ‘mutilation’ is a loaded one intending to stir anger. it’s nothing more than a surgical procedure like removing tonsils or adenoids.


  2. Robert J. Wilson 6 Mar 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I’m sorry, but if you think clipping your toenails is the same thing as surgically removing the skin covering one of the most sensitive portions of a child’s body, then I am officially terrified of how, exactly, you cut your toenails.

    Tonsils and adenoids are removed when a patient exhibits signs or symptoms of inflammation or infection that lesser therapies can not treat. This is a medically necessary surgical procedure. As with any surgery, there are risks. With circumcisions, complications can include adhesions, infection, or even subsequent “revision”, which means that the poor kid’s junk has to be an open wound for ANOTHER couple months.

    Circumcision is elective and does not stem from any physical condition whatsoever. A mental condition, maybe…


    • Jim 6 Mar 2011 at 1:26 pm

      ive not looked as deeply into foreskin as others, i admit it, but isnt it true that various difficulties are in fact caused by it? various bacteria, fungi, etc. circumcision, further, for jews, is more than a mere medical procedure. attempting to outlaw it is attempting to, in a sense, outlaw judaism. what next, outlaw sabbath and scripture? antiochus IV tried that and it didn’t turn out too well.


  3. Robert J. Wilson 6 Mar 2011 at 2:01 pm

    OMG… There are so many things going through my mind right now, but I shall endeavor to resist all of the hilarious things that could be said following “I’ve not looked as deeply into foreskin as other…” ROFLMBO!!

    Instead, I’ll speak from my role as father. There are simple ways to ensure proper hygiene for the baby to avoid any problems, and it’s easy enough to incorporate hygiene education into potty training.

    I’m not necessarily in favor of banning the practice altogether, but I definitely support the provision of education about the myths and realities related to…personal hygiene…for the…intact. As with any surgery, the least invasive options should always be exhausted before surgical interventions are considered. A parent’s laziness in diaper-changing is no reason for such a radical operation.


  4. Restoring Tally 6 Mar 2011 at 5:08 pm

    It is amazing that in the 21st Century parents still want to cut off part of the sex organ of baby boys. If parents cannot be trusted to prevent unnecessary surgery to remove healthy parts of their sons, maybe we need a law to protect baby boys. After all, we have laws protecting girls from unnecessary genital surgery.

    There is no reason to remove healthy tissue from a newborn. Caring for an intact penis is simple: wipe like a finger and NEVER retract. A circumcised baby requires much more care and the infant is in pain until the wound on his sex organ heals.


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