San Francisco’s circumcision ban is officially off the November ballot, after a judge ruled Thursday that state law expressly preempts local jurisdictions from regulating health care professionals.
A San Francisco Superior Court judge upheld a tentative ruling from Wednesday that sided with the Jewish Community Relations Council and other individuals suing The City and San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield, who gathered more than 12,000 signatures to get the ban on the ballot. Read More
A November vote on a proposed San Francisco circumcision ban will be struck from the ballot this morning if a judge’s tentative Wednesday ruling remains the same.In a preliminary decision, Judge Loretta M. Giorgi agreed with the Jewish Community Relations Council and other individuals suing The City’s Elections Department and San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield by ruling that the proposed circumcision ban is “expressly pre-empted” by state law. Read More
How does a law regulating emissions become a law protecting circumcision? In Sacramento, the practice is called “gut and amend” and it is a tactic commonly used to get urgent bills in front of the governor for signature. The regular legislative calendar requires that all bills for any legislative session be introduced by a certain date — this year it was Feb. 18. Read More
Circumcision was once so routine that it was barely discussed — much less voted on.
As recently as the 1980s, American parents seldom received a choice. Infant boys were circumcised shortly after birth, recalls Dr. Carol Miller, the medical director of the Well Baby Nursery at UC San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital.
The procedure often was performed without anesthesia. Read More
A California state assembly bill aimed at San Francisco’s circumcision ban on the November ballot seeks to make it clear that no local law can restrict the practice.San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield gathered more than 12,000 signatures to get the measure on the ballot, which would make circumcision of a minor in The City a misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine and up to a year behind bars. Read More
Anti-Semitism charges against the anti-circumcision measure on the November ballot were echoed Thursday by the City Attorney’s Office. Read More
Arguing that state law prevents San Francisco voters from criminalizing circumcision, Jewish groups with Muslim supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday to keep a ban of the practice off the November ballot. Read More
Opponents of a measure that would ban male circumcision in San Francisco plan to publicly announce a lawsuit against the proposition.
The measure planned for the November ballot would make circumcising a minor a misdemeanor carrying a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Read More
It seems fitting that backers of a circumcision ban coming to San Francisco voters this year would resort to using cartoon images since it’s a campaign bordering on comical. Read More
An organized opposition group representing three religions will attempt to block a November ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of boys under 18 in San Francisco. Read More