Back in November 2010, we first posted about the proposed ballot measure to ban circumcision. At that time, anti-circumcision advocates were in the process of collecting the more than 7,100 signatures needed in order to get the circumcision ban on the ballot. Fast forward to May 2011 – and this controversial measure proposal officially received enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot. Now, there’s been a glitch. Last week, Judge Loretta M. Giorgi of Superior Court struck the proposal from the November ballot, saying that the ban violates California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
The New York Times reports that Giorgi wrote the following when ordering the city’s elections director to remove the measure from the ballot: “It serves no legitimate purpose to allow a measure whose invalidity can be determined as a matter of law to remain on the ballot.” Anti-circumcision advocates who have worked hard to get this on the ballot are likely furious. This proposal would have made San Francisco the first in the nation to publicly vote on whether or not circumcision of minors is okay. Had the proposal passed, circumcision would have been prohibited among males under the age of 18 and the act of circumcision may have been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail.
I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing on the circumcision debate, but for now, it looks like voting about it in San Francisco is a no-go.