90% of parents in California's Bay area already say "NO!" to circumcision and take their babies home whole. Now, after months of signature gathering, supporters of the San Francisco MGM Bill turned in 12,265 signatures to the Department of Elections today at 11:05am to place Article 50 on the ballot in November. This will ensure that 100% of babies in the city are granted the same basic protection under law: no genital cutting unless medically necessary.
ARTICLE 50: GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS
SEC. 5001. PROHIBITION OF GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS.
Except as provided in SEC. 5002, it is unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years.
SEC. 5002. EXCEPTIONS.
(a) A surgical operation is not a violation of this section if the operation is necessary to the physical health of the person on whom it is performed because of a clear, compelling, and immediate medical need with no less-destructive alternative treatment available, and is performed by a person licensed in the place of its performance as a medical practitioner.
(b) In applying subsection (a), no account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is to be performed of any belief on the part of that or any other person that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.
SEC. 5003. PENALTY.
Any person who violates any provisions of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction such person shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Left to Right: Jonathon Conte, Richard Homayoon Kurylo, Lloyd Schofield, Matthew Hess, Marilyn Fayre Milos, Frank McGinness. ABC Channel 7 News and the San Francisco Chronicle were present to witness history in the making.
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5/17/11 UPDATE: The San Francisco MGM Bill has been accepted and will come to a vote on the November 2011 ballot.