SF Voters Asked to Ban Circumcision

By Erika Okano
|  Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:17 PM PDT
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A ban on circumcision could end up on San Francisco's November ballot.

A voter in the city says he will submit more than 12,000 valid signatures to the elections office today. That's more than the 7,200 needed to get the measure on the ballot.

The proposed new law would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise a person before they are 18-years-old.

"We don't come at this from a religious angle," Lloyd Schofield told the San Francisco Examiner. "We feel this is a very harmful thing. Parents are guardians. They are not owners of children. It's a felony to tattoo a child."

The Department of Elections has 30-days to review the signatures and determine if the measure qualifies for the November ballot.

Organizers of the campaign say they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot. The measure would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise a child, except for a valid medical reason.

Schofield has been pushing for the ban for the past six months and he has spent $9,000 to collect enough signatures.

He has also supported a national campaign to ban circumcision. But while Schofield has found his supporters, religious groups have decried the threat of a ban has a violation of their religious freedom.

The push has also caught the eye of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, whose fake news show used the opportunity, combined with the City's Happy Meal ban, to rip on San Francisco's "Nanny State" approach to government last November.

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