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Santa Monica Mayor Says Proposed Circumcision Ban Dropped

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SANTA MONICA (AP)— The mayor of Santa Monica says an activist has dropped plans to petition for a measure on the November city ballot that would ban circumcisions.

Mayor Richard Bloom said Wednesday he is pleased his city will not be voting on the measure.

Bloom says Jena Troutman told him Monday that she was going to submit in writing her intent to drop the measure, although she’s not legally bound to do so.

Bloom says he believes Troutman decided to withdraw the measure because it generated so much controversy.

Bloom says he wants his city to now focus on helping San Francisco defeat a similar measure proposed there.

The proposed measure would have made it a misdemeanor to circumcise a male under 18 years of age without “medical need.”

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