Santa Monica joins San Francisco in seeking a ban on male circumcision for a boy under 18, calling it unnecessary and painful.
A ban on circumcision could become a new law in Santa Monica, which will do away with the archaic and painful custom of altering a male baby’s penis. The same proposed ban is already on the November ballot in San Francisco, according to KTLA News.
If this new law does pass, circumcising a boy under the age of 18, even for religious reason will not be allowed. The MGM bill ( Male Genital Mutilation bill) are hoping this will go on the ballot in November in Santa Monica.
While female circumcision is already outlawed in the U.S., the circumcision of males is widely accepted. The opponents of this mutilating procedure would like to see the male circumcision abolished as well. The group sponsoring the MGM bill, believes that the male circumcision is a painful and unnecessary procedure.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that male circumcision has been associated with lower the risk of contracting HIV, STD transmission and urinary tract infections. The other problem with banning this procedure is that it is a religious requirement in Judaism and opponents of this ban are saying a law banning circumcision will violate the 1st Amendment.
The proposed ban would make performing a circumcision, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18," a misdemeanor. Circumcising a boy would result in a fine up to $1000 and up to one year in jail.
Most any mother, who has handed their son over to the doctor for a circumcision has asked the question, “will it be painful for the baby?” Circumcision is usually done in the hospital, just a day or two after the birth of a male baby.
While most doctors have traditionally said “no,” the procedure is not painful for the baby, studies suggest that the circumcision is painful. The Circumcision Resource Center describes the behaviors of the male child during and after the procedure as responding to pain.
Upon being circumcised, “the baby began to gasp and choke, breathless from his shrill continuous screams,” is a description of one baby going through this procedure from this research center. This describes the baby‘s pain response.
The Wall Street Journal has conducted a nation wide online poll asking - “Should a San Francisco measure to ban circumcision on males under 18 pass? 73.1% voted no, they were against this law being passed, while 26.9% voted that the measure should be in place and ban the circumcision of males under the age of 18. Over 4,300 people voted in the poll so far.
Reference: KTLA News, The Circumcision Resource Center, Wall Street Journal Poll
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