Monday, June 13, 2011

Efforts to ban circumcision in California

Just as there are efforts to make unrepugnant transactions that have long been regarded as repugnant (like same sex marriage), there are also efforts to make repugnant things that have been accepted since antiquity.

Efforts to Ban Circumcision Gain Traction in California
"When a group of activists proposed banning circumcision in San Francisco last fall, many people simply brushed them aside. Even in that liberal seaside city, it seemed implausible that thousands of people would support an effort to outlaw an ancient ritual that Jews and Muslims believe fulfills a commandment issued by God.

"But last month, the group collected the more than 7,100 signatures needed to get a measure on the fall ballot that would make it illegal to snip the foreskin of a minor within city limits. Now a similar effort is under way in Santa Monica to get such a measure on the ballot for November 2012.

"If the anticircumcision activists (they prefer the term “intactivists”) have their way, cities across the country may be voting on whether to criminalize a practice that is common in many American hospitals. Activists say the measures would protect children from an unnecessary medical procedure, calling it “male genital mutilation.”

“This is the furthest we’ve gotten, and it is a huge step for us,” said Matthew Hess, an activist based in San Diego who wrote both bills.

"Mr. Hess has created similar legislation for states across the country, but those measures never had much traction. Now he is fielding calls from people who want to organize similar movements in their cities.

“This is a conversation we are long overdue to have in this country,” he said. “The end goal for us is making cutting boys’ foreskin a federal crime.”

"Jewish groups see the ballot measures as a very real threat, likening them to bans on circumcision that existed in Soviet-era Russia and Eastern Europe and in ancient Roman and Greek times. The circumcision of males is an inviolable requirement of Jewish law that dates back to Abraham’s circumcision of himself in the Book of Genesis."
"Mr. Hess also writes an online comic book, “Foreskin Man,” with villains like “Monster Mohel.” On Friday, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying the comic employed “grotesque anti-Semitic imagery.”

Of course not all opponents of circumcision are happy to welcome into their coalition those motivated by antipathy to Judaism or Islam:
In Santa Monica, Circumcision Opponent Abandons Efforts
"The primary backer of an effort to get a ban on circumcision on the ballot in Santa Monica is abandoning her push, saying the proposed legislation had been misrepresented as an effort to impinge on religious freedom."


armouris said...

more info on circumcision here - Circumcision Helps Prevent Cervical Cancer

Anonymous said...

Die Behauptung, die Beschneidung senke das Risiko an Gebärmutterhalskrebs zu erkranken, ist wiederholt widerlegt worden.

Weibliche Partner von beschnittenen Männern weisen keine niedrigere Rate an Gebärmutterhalskrebs auf.

Eine Metaanalyse aus dem Jahr 2007 fand nach der Auswertung der verfügbaren Literatur keine Unterstützung für die These, dass die Zirkumzision das Risiko für HPV-Infektionen reduziert.