Ban on Circumcision Could Become Law in Santa Monica



4:24 a.m. PDTMay 27, 2011

SANTA MONICA , Calif. — Circumcising a boy under the age of 18, even for religious reasons, may soon be against the law in Santa Monica .

A proposed ban on circumcision is already on the November ballot in San Francisco .

Now supporters of the MGM Bill, which stands for male genital mutilation, are hoping to do the same in Santa Monica .


Female circumcision, or also called female genital mutilation, is already outlawed in the U.S.

Jenna Troutman, a spokeswoman for the group MGM Bill and founder of the website, says males should get the same protection.

The group describes circumcision as a painful and unnecessary procedure.

But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, circumcision has been associated with a lower risk for HIVurinary infections and the transmission of STD’s.

Circumcision of male infants is a religious requirement in Judaism and some say a ban would be a violation of the 1st Amendment.

The proposed measure in San Francisco would “make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18,”

Under the San Francisco measure, circumcising a boy would result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.