Circumcision Ban Cut from the Ballot
|"Intactivist" David Pinckney|
Oral arguments were heard this morning at the San Francisco Superior Court, since bill proponent Lloyd Schofield filed an opposition to Giorgi's tentative ruling yesterday. Giorgi clearly anticipate heightened emotions as she reminded both sides this morning: "The issue for debate today is not the pros and cons of the circumcision procedure. What's before us today is solely issue of whether the proposed city ballot measure is preempted by state law."
Attorney Michael Kinane, speaking on behalf Schofield, argued that the measure would be equivalent to state laws which ban female circumcision. He pointed out that state laws have neither supported nor banned male circumcision. "San Francisco needs to protect our babies," Kinane said. But Giorgi concluded that Kinane's arguments only reinforced her decision.
Matt Hess, executive director of the Male Genital Mutilation, told SF Weekly yesterday that his organization plans to appeal today's decision. So we guess it's fair to assume we've not entirely nipped this one in the bud.