Santa Monica jumps on the male circumcision ban bandwagon

A week after it was announced that a bill to ban male circumcision made it on the November 2011 ballot in San Francisco, a similar campaign was proposed on Wednesday in Santa Monica.

The group MGM Bill wants the anti-circumcision measure on the November ballot in Santa Monica. The San Diego group got more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents, meaning voters will be asked to weigh in on what until now has been a private family matter.

MGM stands for male genital mutilation.

MGM Bill founder Matthew Hess told the Los Angeles Times that California law prohibits female genital mutilation and boys should get the same protection. He said circumcision removes nerve endings and is a painful and unnecessary procedure.


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