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Bill Would Prevent Local Governments From Banning Male Circumcision



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The legislation was prompted by a San Francisco ballot measure that would have banned the practice of male circumcision for those under 18.  A judge has removed that measure from the ballot.  Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto wrote the bill.  He says it should be the parents' decision and asked the Senate committee to approve a clear, statewide policy:

Gatto:  "I ask you to simply consider this legislation important if only to eliminate a confusing patchwork of local laws that could result in mothers having to drive their newborn babies to another city to get circumcised."

Brian Levitt is from San Francisco and opposes the bill. The measure states that circumcision has health benefits and he has a big problem with that:

Levitt:   "This language is a hail Mary pass by circumcision supporters and has no business becoming part of the code of California.  It is biased, misleading and inaccurate."

The Senate committee approved the legislation unanimously.  It heads next to the Senate floor.
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