Judge Chops SF Circumcision Vote

Proposal to ban male circumcision struck from ballot
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2011 1:41 AM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
Judge Chops SF Circumcision Vote
David Lane of Fairfax, Calif., holds up a sign against circumcision as state Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles speaks outside a medical clinic during a news conference in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – A judge has snipped a proposal to ban male circumcision from San Francisco's November ballot. The judge said the proposal—which would have made it a crime to circumcise males under the age of 18 unless there was "a clear, compelling and immediate medical need"—violated religious freedoms. She struck it from the ballot on the technical grounds that state law prohibits local regulation of medical procedures, Reuters reports. (Read more circumcision bill stories.)

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