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Making Circumcision A Crime?

Have you heard? First San Fransisco bans toys in Happy Meals. Now CNN is reporting there’s a  circumcision ban proposed in San Fransisco as well. 

To recap: Anti-circumcision activist Lloyd Schofield has drawn up a proposal outlawing all circumcisions, even for religious reasons (circumcision of boys is traditional in Judaism and Islam.) The punishment would be up to a year in jail or up to a $1,000 fine.

Boy, oh boy. What a hot-bed topic circumcision is. Mandating a ban against all circumcisions is like mandating a requirement that all boys be circumcised. Nobody is right. Everyone is an expert. You’re either for it or against it. But making circumcision a crime? I don’t know.

Can you imagine what that prison conversation would be like?

Prisoner: “I’m in for life. I killed my sister. What are you here for?”
Father of a circumcised baby: “Genital mutilation of my baby.” 
Prisoner: “You’re a sick dude.”

I’ve had a couple circumcision posts in the past. They always bring out the passion in people. I’m not sure why. It just don’t get it. It’s kind of like the crazy using cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers debate. If you want some more crazy circumcision information and passionate positions, read:

Oh, yeah — and word on the street is that  next week a local activist in San Fransisco is working on banning the missionary position. Or was it missionaries? I can’t remember.

*This blog post was originally published at The Happy Hospitalist*

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One Response to “Making Circumcision A Crime?”

  1. James says:

    It is a human rights issue. You can’t be Jewish and have a “Jewish” child. What if he doesn’t want to be Jewish? I was circumcised at birth against my will and I must live with someone else’s decision for the rest of my life. That is why it should be banned. One should only be allowed to decide for ones self, that is where the ethical problem lies.

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