Judge moves to strike circumcision ban from S.F. ballot

July 28, 2011 18:11

A San Francisco Superior Court judge tentatively ruled that an initiative banning circumcisions for anyone under 18 be removed from the November ballot.

Wednesday's ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed last month, which argued that state law bars municipalities from banning legitimate medical practices.

In her ruling, the Bay Area newspaper j. reported, Judge Loretta Giorgi argued that the proposed ballot initiative is “expressly pre-empted” by state law because the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that “circumcision is a widely practiced medical procedure.”

“Moreover,” she added, “it serves no legitimate purpose to allow a measure whose invalidity can be determined as a matter of law to remain on the ballot after such a ruling has been made.”

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