put in your mouth to getting a damn bag to carry home the groceries you're not allowed to eat anyway—now believes it should have a say-so about your baby's winkie.
This even goes beyond NYC Mayor Bloomberg's fussy Nanny State mandates: A proposed ban on circumcisions has gained enough signatures to end up on the November ballot, turning a private family matter—if not one determined by religious convictions—into a voter referendum.
Certainly, whether you choose to whack off Junior's foreskin is none of my damn business, but a few extremist busybodies insist that male circumcision equates genital mutilation, and that it's extremely painful and potentially dangerous. They say parents should not be able to "force the decision" on their young child. Loudmouth Lloyd Schofield, the measure's lead proponent, actually said: "Parents are guardians and have to do what's in the best interest of the child. It's his body. It's his choice."
Oh, I get it: Your 1-day-old infant should be checking the "yes" or "no" box from the baby incubator to decide what he wants for his wee wee. You betcha!
Fortunately, the measure is prompting an immediate outcry. Normal people are reminding Lloyd that banning a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.
If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited under the age of 18, with no religious exemptions. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a year in jail.
Chief of pediatric urology at UC Dr. Laurence Baskin says circumcision can reduce sexually transmitted diseases, as well as penile cancer and urinary tract infections. He disputes claims that it is mutilation or causes pain, and says foremost, it is a personal decision.
Baskin calls the measure "a bunch of nonsense, adding, "The people doing this should focus on our budget problems, lack of education, something that could help society."
It appears other medical procedures, for instance, a frontal lobotomy, must still be legal in San Francisco. Because only a seriously brain-fucked individual would consider this anyone's business but the parents of a child.