Circumscribing a circumcision ban
California Gov. Jerry Brown has clipped a budding effort to ban circumcisions in San Francisco.
The backers of such a ban had collected more than 7,700 signatures to put a measure on the November ballot in Fog City that would have cut the ability to have the procedure performed, according to the Associated Press.
Opponents of circumcision had argued that the procedure is an unnecessary surgery that can lead to sexual and health problems later in life. Those against the ban parried that with the arguments that circumcision can reduce the risk of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases and is an important religious practice for many Jews and Muslims.
Though the referendum effort was blocked by a judge, the Legislature and Brown passed into law a bill called Male Circumcision that prevents local governments in the state from instituting circumcision bans. A better name and accompanying acronym for the bill could have been: Order Undoing Circumcision Halt.