Cir­cum­scrib­ing a cir­cum­ci­sion ban

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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.

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