Circumcision Ban Won't Appear on SoCal Ballot

The measure remains on the November ballot in San Francisco

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Circumcision Ban Won't Appear on SoCal Ballot

The common practice of circumcision would become a crime if ballot measure passes in San Francisco.

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A measure to ban circumcision won't be on the ballot in Santa Monica.

Jena Troutman told The Jewish Journal she was abandoning the effort before any signatures were gathered because of the news media's misrepresentation of her attempt as an attack on religious freedom.

"It shouldn't be about religion in the first place,'' Troutman, a  lactation consultant, told The Jewish Journal. "Ninety-five percent of people  aren't doing it for religious reasons and with everyone from The New York Times  to Glenn Beck focusing on the religious issue, it's closing Americans down to  the conversation.''

Troutman was referring to a Sunday article in the New York Times about efforts to ban circumcision in California.

The measure remains on the November ballot in San Francisco.

The procedure, most often practiced on infants, involves strapping newborns to a board in a hospital for the surgical removal of the penis foreskin.

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