Lawsuit takes on circumcision ban on San Francisco ballot

By JTA
June 23, 2011 08:40

 
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SAN FRANCISCO – Opponents of a proposition to ban circumcision in San Francisco are suing to have the measure removed from the November ballot, it was announced Wednesday.

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in California Superior Court by plaintiffs including the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Anti-Defamation League, several physicians, and Jewish and Muslim families.

Although public opposition to the ballot measure has centered on religious freedom and the health benefits of circumcision, the lawsuit is more narrowly focused on the fact that medical procedures in California are regulated by the state, not by local municipalities.

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