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SF Circumcision Ban


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Dr. Rachel Seay performs a circumcision at George Washington University Hospital.
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Dr. Rachel Seay performs a circumcision at George Washington University Hospital.

An initiative to ban circumcision of males under 18 years of age in San Francisco will appear on the November ballot. Supporters compare the procedure with female genital mutilation, which is outlawed in the U.S. Opponents of the bill tout medical benefits of foreskin removal and the rights of religious groups. We take up the debate.

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Abby Michelson Porth, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, part of a coalition opposing the measure
  • Laurence Baskin, chief of pediatric urology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
  • Lloyd Schofield, proponent of the ballot measure

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