Sunday, October 9, 2011
I wonder just what is Governor Brown on.
On the one hand, he signs AB768, making it illegal to ban circumcision, protecting "religious freedom" and "parental choice." Parents can circumcise their sons all the way up until they turn 18, and they have no capacity to refuse.
And yet, he also signs AB499, which "allows" children 12 and above to "choose" to get Gardasil, a shot that is supposed to prevent HPV, without parental consent.
So while AB768 is supposed to "protect" so-called "parental-choice," AB499 basically takes it away.
To confuse things even further, he also passes a law that prohibits the use of tanning beds for children under 18.
Limiting circumcision to medically necessary procedures and to consenting adults 18 and above is precisely what intactivists were seeking to do in San Francisco, but for whatever reason this was a no-go.
Am I missing something?