Friday, August 5, 2011

Update: Dr. Big Brother?

As a follow up to a piece I wrote in May about a ballot initiative in San Francisco that would impose fines on doctors who performed circumcisions, a Superior Court judge in San Francisco has ordered the referendum be removed from the ballot.

Judge Loretta Giorgi found that circumcision is a medical procedure and, as with other medical procedures, should be regulated by the state and not by individual cities.

Of course Judge Giorgi's ruling did not please everyone in the City by the Bay.
"To remove an initiative before it comes on ballot is an extraordinarily irregular thing to do," said Lloyd Schofield, who is part of a Bay Area advocacy group that says the surgery violates human rights and likens it to "male genital mutilation."
I guess we all need a cause but, let's get real, to blame all of the problems one has faced in life on the fact that mom and dad decided Junior should be circumcised shortly after birth, is just a bit of a stretch. Making such a statement is taking victimology to new heights. If you don't want your son to be circumcised, Mr. Schofield, then don't have him circumcised.

You see, that was an easy enough problem to resolve now, wasn't it?

Why do I get the feeling that we haven't heard the last of this?

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