Jewish groups in America have welcomed Thursday’s decision by a California Superior Court judge to remove a proposal aimed at banning circumcision from a San Francisco city ballot scheduled for November.
In response to the initiative, a number of Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco and the Anti-Defamation League, along with several individual plaintiffs – both Jewish and Muslim – filed a suit in June against the city, claiming that California state law prohibited municipal governments from restricting or regulating medical procedures.
“This is a critical affirmation of religious freedom and parental rights,” said Nancy Appel, associate regional director for the ADL, in a statement. “The Court has rightly upheld the freedom for Jews and Muslims in San Francisco to choose to circumcise their children in accordance with long-standing religious tradition.”
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