Circumcision ban

Victory in San Francisco circumcision ban fight

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

Jewish groups in San Francisco were celebrating on Thursday evening after a judge ordered the proposed ban on circumcision to be removed from a ballot.

Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled that the measure was "expressly preempted" because under Californian state law cities cannot regulate medical practice.


Judge could strike San Francisco circumcision ban from ballot

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

A San Francisco judge is expected to announce today whether she will go ahead with plans to prevent a vote on a proposal to ban circumcision.

Judge Loretta Giorgi could strike the proposal from the ballot on the basis that it could not be passed anyway because medical procedures are the responsibility of states rather than individual cities.


New challenge to San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco have suggested the proposed ban of circumcision for underage males contravenes the US constitution.

Their comments come after a challenge to the ban from an interfaith group of Muslims and Jews on the basis that Californian state law prohibits individual city lawmakers from placing limits on procedures by medical staff.


Brit milah: the phoney debate

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2011

Since I am one of four female siblings, introducing me to Judaism through a ceremony carried out at the age of eight days was not something my parents had to consider.


Interfaith effort to fight San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A Jewish congressman has been backed by a Muslim politician in his fight to prohibit US cities from banning circumcision.

Brad Sherman, a Californian Democrat, is set to introduce a bill to counter the San Francisco campaign to make circumcision illegal for underage males.


Eli Roth: Russell Crowe was joking with circumcision rant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Jewish film director Eli Roth has rushed to the defence of Russell Crowe, after the actor was criticised for calling circumcision "barbaric".

Mr Roth, whose work includes horror films Hostel and Cabin Fever, said Mr Crowe's detractors were "poisoning a very good person's name".


Russell Crowe rants that circumcision is 'barbaric and stupid'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Russell Crowe has described circumcision as "barbaric and stupid" in a venom-filled online debate on the subject.

The Australian Oscar-winning actor, known for courting controversy in media interviews, wrote on his Twitter page that it was immoral to circumcise male infants and said he would "take attentive parenting over barbarism".


Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.


Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.


San Francisco to vote on circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

A San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 has moved a step closer to reality after sufficient residents signed a petition to get the issue on the agenda for a vote in November.