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Measure Seeks to Derail San Francisco, Calif., Circumcision Vote

July 21, 2011

A San Francisco ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of males under age 18 is the target of a new bill introduced in the Legislature. AB 768 would clarify an existing state law that opponents of the San Francisco ban have cited in their Superior Court lawsuit seeking to remove the issue from the November ballot. That law reads, "No city, county or city and county shall prohibit a healing arts professional from engaging in any act or performing any procedure that falls within the professionally recognized scope of practice of that license." AB 768 was introduced as an urgency measure, meaning it would take effect immediately if approved by two-thirds of lawmakers and signed by the governor. "To enact an outright ban on an expression of personal, medical and religious freedom is an affront to all who value liberty," said Assembly member Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), who proposed the bill.

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Adapted from:
Sacramento Bee
07.20.2011; Jim Sanders

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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