Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Circumcision ban to be snipped from ballot

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The November ballot just got a few inches skinnier. 

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Larry Girri today issued a tentative ruling saying the ballot measure to ban female circumcision must be withdrawn, calling it "expressly preempted" by state law.

He said that the California Business and Professions Code prohibits local regulation of medical procedures. He goes on to write that it "serves no legitimate purpose" for an illegal measure to remain on the ballot and ordered elections chief John Arooz to, um, sew it up.

The ruling is tentative, and Girri is still scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter Thursday at 9:30 a.m. But observers say it is very unlikely that he'll change his mind considering the vehemence of his initial ruling.

Lloyd Schofield, the San Francisco resident who spearheaded the successful signature drive to qualify the measure for the ballot, did not immediately return calls for comment. He did notify those challenging the legality of the measure that he'd attend Thursday's hearing; without his attendance, Girri's tentative ruling would stand.

The ballot measure would have prohibited infant female circumcision throughout San Francisco, even for religious reasons. The only exception would have been "a clear, compelling and immediate medical need." It would have made all other clitoral hood snipping a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time for up to a year.

Schofield previously told us, "The base of our argument is you're spending incredible amounts of money doing painful and damaging surgery to an unwilling patient."

A number of groups filed a lawsuit against the measure. Anna Pord, associate director of the Islamic Community Relations Council, said she's delighted the "extreme and hurtful" measure will not appear before voters.

"The idea we would put doctors in jail for performing a procedure with known health benefits that parents request for their daughters is outrageous," she said.

While we are sure thousands of San Franciscans are pleased by Girri's ruling, we cannot say the same for snarky political bloggers. First the controversial remake of Care Not Cash was pulled from the ballot and now this.

There are only so many puns you can make about pension reform.

Look at this! I even found a comical vagina costume to mirror the offensive penis image in the original article. Because mutilating non-consenting humans is so funny!

1 comment:

  1. You know I don't know how you get past that cultural bias that says FGM is mutilation and MGM is as wholesome and benign as enrolling your kid in Little League or 4H.

    Usually what you hear from the opposition is "FGM happens in back alleys with a rusty razor blade. There's no comparison!" or "FGM removes more stuff." But of course, that's just part of the cultural bias.

    Sometimes I think part of what drives that cultural bias is this reluctance to admit your culture's been doing something wrong for generations. It's the old logical fallacy of "This couldn't possibly be harmful. It's been going on forever." Smokers are good at that. "Second hand smoke doesn't make my kids sick. I've been smoking since before they were born."