California governor signed bill prohibiting circumcision bans

On October 2, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 768, a bill preventing local governments from banning male circumcision, into law. The law was created as a response to a San Francisco ballot measure called the Male Genital Mutilation Bill, which prohibited male circumcision. A San Francisco judge had ruled in July 2011 that the measure could not appear on the ballot because it served no legitimate purpose and was preempted by California's Business and Profession Code, prohibiting regulation of medical services.

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