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Friday, February 18, 2011

Circumcision Ban Could Make the Cut For November Ballot

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Voter empathy?
  • Voter empathy?

Lloyd Schofield tells reporters that he expects his ban on circumcision to make it to the November ballot. Believe it or not -- Schofield says his signature-gathering is right "on track."

We'll just have to take his word for it, since Schofield wouldn't say exactly how many signatures he has collected so far.

He has until April 26 to submit 7,168 valid signatures in order for the proposed ban to qualify.  And as SF Weekly has already reported, he is serious about this campaign, which he says is less about penises and more about protecting baby boys from foreskin mutilation.

The measure would make it illegal to circumcise, excise, cut or

mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not

attained the age of 18. And anyone who is caught circumcising will face a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Constitutional law experts have said a circumcision ban would not hold up in court. It would violate freedom of religion, since religions like Judaism require it as part of their belief system.

But the Jewish community has already geared up its own campaign to fight the measure, that is assuming it's going to, ahem, cut it with voters.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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