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    A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has succeeded in getting their controversial measure on the November ballot, meaning voters will be asked to 
    A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has succeeded in getting their controversial measure on the November ballot, meaning voters will be asked to weigh in on what until now has been a private family matter. 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — There's a campaign in Santa Monica to ban circumcisions on boys under the age of 18, even for religious reasons.

The group MGM Bill wants the anti-circumcision measure on the November ballot in Santa Monica. The San Diego group got enough signatures to get a similar measure on the November 2011 ballot in San Francisco.

MGM stands for male genital mutilation.

MGM Bill founder Matthew Hess tells the Los Angeles Times that California law prohibits female genital mutilation and boys should get the same protection. He says circumcision removes nerve endings and is a painful and unnecessary procedure.

Circumcision of male infants is a religious requirement in Judaism and some say a ban would be a violation of 1st Amendment prohibition against government interference with a person's practice of religion.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times

 

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