Why do I get the sense that by early November, the entire world is going to be focusing on whether or not the San Francisco circumcision ban passes? And that until then, the puns are going to be coming fast and furious.

AP is already on the case, producing a three-minute video on the story and weighing in with this bon mot:

“Voters in San Francisco may soon decide to cut out circumcision.”

Video: San Francisco to Vote on Circumcision Ban 20 May,2011Jon Brooks

  • It is simply not true that penile cancer is “a huge health issue” anywhere. A recent study of penile cancer in Brazil found 20% of cases were circumcised men, while the circumcision rate there is much less (Circumcision advocates have to claim that circumcision prevents penile cancer when done to a baby, then miraculously turns around and provokes it in adults.) The penile cancer rate is lower in non-circumcisng Denmark than the United States. All the other “health benefits” claimed for circumcision are either exaggerated or bogus.

    Complications? Yes, a Richmond, VA, pediatric urologist has repaired 1600 botched circumcisions in three years, suggesting a rate of more than 13% botched.

    Why the focus on Jewish circumcision when that is about 3% of circumcision in the USA? Here are contact details for celebrants of Brisot Shalom (non-surgical naming ceremonies).

    This law should be unnecessary. There is no explicit exemption of the infant male foreskin from the laws against cutting normal, healthy, functional, non-renewable parts off of people’s bodies. A Fresno man is serving time for putting a small tattoo on his nine-year old son, and that didn’t even remove any tissue!


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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