Circumcision ban proposed in Santa Monica

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 25, 2011 13:10

A week after it was announced that San Francisco would be putting a male circumcision ban on September's ballot, a San Diego group has moved to ballot a circumcision ban in Santa Monica as well, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Matthew Hess, the founder and president of MGM Bill, the group pushing for a vote on the issue, said that circumcision removes "thousands of nerve endings" and is a painful and unnecessary. For Hess, the procedure is comparable to practices in some countries like Sudan or Egypt of removing part or all of female genitals.

The San Francisco ban was put on September's ballot after a petition circulating the city received the required number of votes to put the issue to vote. At least 7,168 signatures were required, and 12,000 were received.


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