San Francisco is one step closer to banning male circumcision

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Those dirty hippies are sure hung up on your baby's penis. A group of San Francisco activists, or as they like to call themselves, "intactivists" (see what they did there?), have proposed a ban on male circumcision and just submitted over 12,000 signatures to the city's election board yesterday. It takes 7,168 legit signatures in order for the bill to go to a vote. It'll take about a month to verify the signatures.

In the meantime, the group is selling T-shirts and onesies to promote their cause. They also wear buttons that say "May the foreskin be with you" (yes, really). Plus, they've drafted a sample law that they'd like to see passed. It is sadly devoid of puns:


Any person who violates any provisions of this Article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction such person shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Despite circumcision being a highly personal and controversial issue, this is the same city that banned Happy Meals and sitting on sidewalks, so I guess this proposal really shouldn't surprise us. If this thing does go through, it'd be interesting to see how they go about enforcing it.