The residents of Santa Monica, Calif., may consider a ballot initiative in 2012 that would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise a male before the age of 18, according to an article on FoxNews.com.
The controversial proposal is spearheaded by a group called MGMBill, where MGM stands for “male genital mutilation.” The group claims boys should be safeguarded from circumcision in the way girls are protected from genital mutilation, under the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause.
“Unless there is a compelling medical reason to do so, no one has the right to cut off the working body part of a child. Genital mutilation is done for social, ‘hygienic’ or religious reasons, and no national medical organization in the world supports forced infant circumcision as a beneficial health measure,” the group claims on its website. “We don’t allow girls to be circumcised because we know that it is harmful to their physical and mental well-being, and boys should be afforded equal protection of the law.”
David Lahrer, a Jewish Leader, strongly disagrees with the proposal, which contains no religious exemptions. Lahrer told the Los Angeles Times that the proposal “takes the notion of the mommy state to a ridiculous extreme,” and “it probably touches on being anti-Semitic.”