Judge orders circumcision ban off SF ballot

In this Sunday, May 15, 2011 photo, Benjamin Abecassis closes his eyes during his Bris, a Jewish circumcision ceremony in San Francisco. San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials confirmed Wednesday, May 18, 2011 that an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The practice would become a misdemeanor. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

July 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A judge on Thursday struck a measure from the city's November ballot calling for a ban on male circumcision, saying the proposed law violates a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.