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ACLU under fire for defending genital mutilation

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The American Civil Liberties Union has once again come under fire for its defense of forced circumcision and ritual genital cutting of children. In 2011, the ACLU of Northern California argued that the San Francisco Male Genital Mutilation Bill ballot initiative violated a parent's right to subject healthy children to non-therapeutic genital cutting practices such as male circumcision in order to satisfy the religious beliefs of the child's parents. The SF MGM Bill sought to provide equal protection to boys who, contrary to girls who have Federal protection in the US from such practices, continue to be at risk of genital mutilation.

On December 9 during an ACLU of Northern California fundraiser in San Francisco, several protesters flanked the venue's entrance while holding sharp-tongued critiques of the ACLU's failure to defend the right of men to control their own bodies—a position in stark contrast to its work regarding the bodily autonomy of women. In response to the protesters' presence, one middle-aged woman attending the ACLU event yelled that the men ought to have had all of their genitals removed. Despite hostile reactions from the ACLU crowd, the intactivists received many sympathetic and supportive comments from the public during the course of the protest.

Protesters hold signs criticizing the ACLU for its defense of forced male circumcision.
Bay Area Intactivists member and former SF MGM Bill proponent Lloyd Schofield talks with one of the ACLU event attendees.