A few weeks ago, the city of San Francisco made made national headlines when it banned toys from kids meals...
A few weeks ago, the city of San Francisco made made national headlines when it banned toys from kids meals sold at fast food joints. Actually, toys aren't banned entirely, but the meals must meet certain nutritional guidelines if they include a toy. While it seems the ban isn't all that popular, I can appreciate the reason behind it. As a parent of two very, very young little ones -- one barely out of the baby stage -- the world in which we are raising our kids, at least when it comes to food, is scary. Childhood obesity is, quite simply, out of control. Debates about loving oneself as-is aside, nobody can look at an 8-year-old who is morbidly obese and think, "He's just fine the way he is" -- physically. Because, quite simply, he isn't. Whether the so-called Happy Meal toy ban will effect any change, I wouldn't venture to guess. At the very least, I can appreciate a city making some sort of effort. But this isn't about banning Happy Meal Toys. This is about banning circumcision. Circumcision is obviously a very hotly-debated topic. It wasn't that long ago that I posted about the huge debacle that followed an infant's death after he was circumcised (his mom explained that she was told the his passing was the result of his congenital heart condition). Since then, I've been made aware of how strongly some people oppose circumcision. I've shared my own personal feelings on circumcision. I'll admit that while I'm not a fan of the procedure and wouldn't choose to have any of my children circumcised, I'm unsure of how I feel about a law that prevents other people from making the decision to have their sons circumcised. At issue here is a proposed measure for the 2011 ballot in San Francisco:
A proposed ballot measure for the November 2011 ballot – when voters will be electing the San Francisco’s next mayor – would amend The City’s police code “to make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.” (Source)
If the ballot measure were to pass, the punishment for a doctor who chose to perform a circumcision is up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Of course, this measure has simply been submitted (by Lloyd Schofield). To even make it on the ballot, 7,168 valid signatures must be collected by April 26, 2011. So the scenario is all very hypothetical at this point.
But what do you think? Should cities or states ban circumcision? Share your opinion in the comments section.