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NPR: Circumcision Up For Vote

NPR reports that this fall, voters in San Francisco may approve the first-ever ban on male circumcision in the United States. If this measure does pass, anyone circumcising a male minor would receive a misdemeanor offense. They could face a $1000 fine or up to a year in jail.

This brings up a religious debate. The only exemption would be cases of medical necessity, not religion. This poses a problem to the First Amendment rights, which is sure to come up in court. Many believe this ban has no ability to pass due to this violation. Americans rely on freedom to exercise whatever they choose.

Many feel circumcision physically hurts and mutilates your child. It is comparable to the issues faced in the past regarding female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is forbidden by law but remains a tradition for many religious and cultural groups. Even if the practice is forbidden, would circumcision continue despite the risk?

Since it is not necessary, why not wait and let the child decide once they turn 18? Then they can make the decision to circumcise if desired.

Listen to the NPR broadcast here on “All Things Considered.”

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