We’re a little ban-happy. Some bans are easy to defend. For example, most of us like it when harmful chemicals, such as BPA are banned. On the flip side, not everyone is on board with banning kids from cell phones or the Happy Meal Toy bans. Now though, Happy Meals and cell phones may be the least of our ban worries. In what’s sure to become a huge debate if it passes, is a newly proposed ban on male baby circumcision. This new measure was submitted by San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield.
If this proposed ballot measure makes it to the November 2011 ballot, it will amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” Schofield, a long-time advocate against baby circumcision, needs to collect more than 7,100 signatures in order to get this circumcision ban on the ballot. Until this does or doesn’t happen, I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty from both advocates for and against baby circumcision.
The pros and cons of circumcision alone would take us pages to discuss, so we won’t be doing that now. Both sides of the circumcision debate have research and highly emotionally charged arguments for their respected side — and that’s without even touching on the religious aspects. As everyone argues the pros and cons though, no one can argue stats. The CDC notes that there has been an increasingly sharp drop in the number of American parents who choose circumcision for their baby boys. In 2006 56% of baby boys in America were circumcised, while last year the numbers dropped to just 33% of baby boys.
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