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Below is the text and history of our San Francisco MGM Bill Ballot Initiative (written by Matthew Hess). Additional information is available at http://www.sfmgmbill.org.

 

 

MALE CIRCUMCISION

 

Currently, San Francisco does not prohibit male circumcision.

 

The proposed measure would amend the San Francisco Police Code to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who is not at least 18 years old.

 

The proposed measure includes an exception for cases of clear and immediate medical need, if there is no less-destructive alternative. But the measure states there is no exception for persons who believe circumcision is required as a matter of custom or ritual.

 

Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco:

 

Section 1: The San Francisco Police Code is hereby amended by adding Article 50 to read as follows:

 

ARTICLE 50: GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS

 

SEC. 5001. PROHIBITION OF GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS.

          Except as provided in SEC. 5002, it is unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years.

 

SEC. 5002. EXCEPTIONS.

          (a) A surgical operation is not a violation of this section if the operation is necessary to the physical health of the person on whom it is performed because of a clear, compelling, and immediate medical need with no less-destructive alternative treatment available, and is performed by a person licensed in the place of its performance as a medical practitioner.

 

          (b) In applying subsection (a), no account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is to be performed of any belief on the part of that or any other person that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.

 

SEC. 5003. PENALTY.

          Any person who violates any provisions of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction such person shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 

 

 

Status Updates

 

October 2, 2011 - Governor Jerry Brown signs AB-768 into law, preventing any California city or county from enacting a local circumcision ban.

 

July 28, 2011 - Judge Loretta Giorgi rules that ballot measure must be withdrawn because it is "expressly preempted" by state law.

 

June 22, 2011 - Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco and other petitioners file a lawsuit to remove measure from the November ballot.

 

May 17, 2011 - San Francisco Department of Elections validates at least 7,743 signatures.

 

April 26, 2011 - 12,265 signatures were turned in to the San Francisco Department of Elections at 11:05 am.

 

November 8, 2010 - Notice of Intent to Circulate an Initiative Petition and City Attorney's Title and Summary are published in The Recorder.

 

October 28, 2010 - San Francisco City Attorney's Office issues Title and Summary of the proposed measure.

 

October 13, 2010 - Notice of Intent to Circulate an Initiative Petition is filed with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.

 

 

Press

 

 

CBS News     My Fox LA

 

NBC Bay Area     The Atlantic

 

SF Examiner     AOL News

 

UPI     KGO News Talk AM 810

 

The Huffington Post     NY Daily News

 

SF Gate     SF Weekly

 

The Week     Mother Jones

 

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 

The Talk

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End time: 4:58

 

Start time: 16:42

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CNN     The Jewish Daily Forward

 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

  Time

Start time: 7:38

End time: 7:58

   

ABC News    

 

The Bay Citizen     LJWorld

 

ABC 7 Live     Neon Tommy

 

SF Examiner    

 

     WorldNetDaily

 

Iowa State Daily

  Tablet

    

HEEB     Asia One News

 

CBS News     The Freethinker

 

Technorati     The Stir

 

The Huffington Post    

 

Good Feed     EUR/Electronic Urban Report (eurweb)

     WeHo News

 

SF Weekly     The Jerusalem Report

 

Seraphic Secret

 

The San Francisco Examiner     NBC Bay Area

 

The Bay Citizen     San Francisco Appeal

 

     SF Weekly     California Beat

 

ABC 7     SF Gate

 

NY Daily News     WQAD

 

Reuters     Gothamist     Gawker

 

     Newser

 

Time     CBS News 12 HD     Newsmax

 

NewsRealBlog     The San Francisco Examiner

 

    

 

ABC News          MSNBC

 

CNN          San Francisco Appeal    

 

Deseret News     J Weekly     J Weekly

 

KTVU     Brisbane Times     KTVU

 

Sydney Morning Herald     New Scientist     Gather

 

CBS San Francisco     The Malaysian Insider     Salon

 

BellaOnline     All Headline News     California Catholic Daily

 

The Week     San Francisco Sentinel

 

The Jewish Daily Forward     The Jerusalem Post     ABC WISN

 

     The Salt Lake Tribune

 

USA Today     Yahoo News     SF Gate

 

CNN     SF Gate     CBC News

 

The New York Times     Associated Press

 

The Bay Citizen     Advocate     California Beat

 

KQED News          SF Weekly     Fox News

 

NBC Bay Area     Chabad.org

 

Gawker     The Sacramento Bee     Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

Politico     CBS News     The Huffington Post

 

MSNBC     Gather    

 

     ABC 7 Eyewitness News     Slate

 

The Huffington Post     CBS News     SF Gate

 

Sun News     KSEE 24 News     MercuryNews.com

 

The Jewish Daily Forward     WUSA 9 News Now     ThirdAge

 

UPI     Miller-MCune

 

     Joy Behar SHow

 

The Washington Post     National Post

 

National Post     Los Angeles Times

 

The New American     SF Gate     Arutz Shiva

 

Inquirer Global Nation     Opposing Views     Care 2

 

The Washington Post Lifestyle     NMA TV     Fox 26 News Houston     The Daily Beast

 

 Yahoo News     Forbes

 

Catholic San Francisco     The Wall Street Journal

 

Boston Globe     Tucson Citizen     First Things

 

Jewish Journal     Inside Bay Area

 

 NBC Bay Area     HuffPost Politics

 

Opposing Views     The Jerusalem Post

 

BBC World Service     ajc     About.com     CNN

 

Detroit Free Press     SF Gate     Edge

 

     Examiner     SF Gate

 

 Sexis What You Want It to Be     The Jewish Reporter

 

Opposing Views     Jewish Journal

 

The Wall Street Journal     SF Gate

 

Jewish Journal     The Republic

 

Jewish Journal     Chicago Tribune

 

The Sacramento Bee     The San Francisco Examiner

 

ABC 7     CBS San Francisco

 

SF Gate     The Bay Area Reporter

 

The Bay Area Reporter     Bloomberg

 

Jewish Journal     SF Examiner

 

JTA     ABC 7

 

The Sacramento Bee

 

 

 

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