BOSTON, MA [CHI] — A bill proposed in the Massachusetts legislature can affectively ban ritual circumcision in the State. The bill calls for banning all male circumcision of anyone under the age of 18, unless medically necessary.
The “Massachusetts State Prohibition of Genital Mutilation Act” was filed on January 14th, 2009 by a private citizen, Charles A. Antonnelli. The act would impose a fine and/or up to 14 years in prison on anyone who violates this ban.
Mr Antonelli is the Massachusetts director of a group working to ban what it calls “male genital mutilation.” He has been petitioning the ban on circumcision for four years now, albeit unsuccessful.
The bill is presented by Democratic State Senator Michael W. Morrissey by request, on behalf of his constituent. Massachusetts State law requires any Senator to file anything a constituent requests.
This bill does not seem to have the support of anyone in the Massachusetts legislator and has no sponsors.
Antonelli petitioned Massachusetts legislative many times now, but the bill has never passed committee.
The committee has public hearing scheduled for March 2nd in the Massachusetts State House in Boston; where among other proposed bill, the circumcision ban act will be discussed.