SF Circumcision Ban

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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.


Lloyd Schofield, proponent of the ballot measure

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