Law Blocks Circumcision Bans
October 4, 2011 by staff
Law Blocks Circumcision Bans, Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a law preventing local governments from banning male circumcision, a law that was designed earlier this year after a ballot measure to outlaw the practice seemed to be heading to San Francisco voters.
Supporters of the ballot measure said the practice should be stopped because it caused “a painful and damaging surgery for a patient does not want.” They also questioned the argument that circumcision has medical benefits.
However, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, jumped into the controversy in July, the introduction of AB768. He said he wanted to prevent local governments from creating their own “patchwork of regulations” covering medical procedures in the state. The Legislature passed the law last month and sent him to Brown’s office.
Several groups, including the Jewish community and Foreign Affairs had filed a lawsuit to stop the measure. In late July, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered the ballot measure, saying it was “expressly advance” by state law and served “no legitimate purpose.”
Matthew Hess, an activist of the ban tried in San Francisco, California, said Sunday that he had “taken a big step backward. … Circumcision is a surgery that an adult should be able to choose for himself.”
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