NEW YORK – Congressman Anthony Weiner has joined the “intactivists” and the growing fight against circumcision.
Rep. Weiner (D-NY) made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon outside Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan’s east side.
“I’m trying to move forward as a public figure and as a progressive thinker. My goal as an elected official is to follow and explore the will of the people. And the people are saying, Congressman Weiner it’s time to stop the circumcisions. This is not about religion. I know you’ve all seen photos of me, and maybe you can’t tell, but I am also a victim of circumcision. It’s time for us to get together, and heal.”
Set to hit the ballot in San Francisco this November, the MGM (male genital mutilation) Bill calls for the circumcision of boys under the age of 18 to be considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. A draft of the legislation has been written for 46 states.
Weiner has launched an online campaign to get the MGM bill on the New York City ballot this November.