It looks like San Francisco is once again telling people how they should and should not parent their children. This time the issue revolves around the good ol’ penis. Quite literally. It appears that there very well may be the option to ban circumcision on next year’s November ballot. The bill will need 7,000 signatures before it can …
… be placed on next year’s ballot, and tt’s being rumored that the 7,000 names will be an absolute breeze to obtain. If passed, it will become a misdemeanor for a parent to circumcise their child and no exceptions will be made for religious reasons:
“The decision to permanently remove a boy’s foreskin should not be made by parents,” says Lloyd Shofield, the proposal’s author.
“People can practice whatever religion they want, but your religious practice ends with someone else’s body,” Schofield said “It’s a man’s body and…his body doesn’t belong to his culture, his government, his religion or even his parents. It’s his decision
I have two boys, neither of whom are cut. I don’t believe in circumcision. I see it (with the exception of when it is done for religious beliefs) as a cosmetic surgery that most people put their infants through so that they can look like daddy or the other kids in the locker room. Between my friends with boys, it’s mostly split when it comes to circumcision. About half of my friends opted not to cut their boys. While I applaud the decision not to cut, I would never vote for a ban on circumcision. I think people should be allowed to parent their children how they see fit, and I don’t think I’m the only one in saying that a ban on circumcision would take away religious freedom as well. I see this as the government over-stepping their bounds once again, and I am not a fan.
Either way, I definitely believe there needs to be more education out there about circumcision. Many people think there are health hazards for an uncut penis, but that’s really not the case. It’s in no way healthier or cleaner to have foreskin surgically removed, and I truly wish that more people realized this. If San Franciscans are so up in arms about the matter why not do some PSAs instead of trying to implement an outright ban? I think an education campaign should come first, but this is apparently a case where the cart is racing ahead of the horse.
What do you think, is circumcision barbaric and in need of a good old-fashioned ban, or should people be given the freedom to make their own parental choices?