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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Circumcision Ban Didn't Make the Cut in Santa Monica

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 5:05 PM

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So it is only in San Francisco that a ban on circumcising would make it to the ballot. Efforts to replicate the city's outlandish proposal in Santa Monica are no more.

Jena Troutman, a self-described child advocate, has been leading the charge to gather signatures to place a ban on the city's ballot. Yet she told media outlets today that she is abandoning her campaign, claiming the issue has gained too much negative attention. She blamed the media for "misrepresenting" the campaign as an attack on religion.

"It shouldn't have been about religion in the first place," she told the Jewish Journal.

"Ninety-five percent of people aren't doing it for religious reasons,

and with everyone from the New York Times to Glenn Beck focusing on the

religious issue, it's closing Americans down to the conversation."

Troutman runs the site, which claims babies are born perfect, so "let's keep them that way."

SF Weekly called Matthew Hess, who wrote the ballot language for San Francisco's circumcision ban, to ask whether he thinks this will affect his momentum. Hess, who is also the director of Male Genital Mutilation, a nonprofit attempting to criminalize circumcision nationwide, said her decision to withdraw the campaign was "understandable."

Hess told us last week that he believes San Francisco's ballot measure is just the beginning. He plans to continue pushing his ban all the way to the federal level.

"Even though there will be no MGM Bill ballot measure in Santa Monica, Jena did help focus needed attention on the problem of forced circumcision in this country and that alone is an important accomplishment," he said in a statement.

Hess fueled the fire recently when he released a comic, Foreskin Man, which illustrates the story of a superhero who saves a baby from evil rabbis who are attempting to circumcise him.

San Francisco's circumcision ban will go before voters in November.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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