Monster Mohel Saves the Day: Anti-Circumcision Activist in Santa Monica Withdraws Petition
In response to the rising backlash against a proposed initiative that would have made circumcision for minors a criminal act, the main proponent of the measure announced her intention to withdraw the measure Monday.
Jena Troutman, administrator of wholebabyrevolution.com and certified lactation educator, said that it was never her intention to get into the “religious aspect” of the circumcision debate. Jewish groups feel the initiative is an attack on their religion, which calls for infants to be circumcised.
“You’ve got to do what’s right for the city that you’re in and I think that I could do something much better that’s more representative of what we want locally to inform parents that the procedure is not recommended by the National Academy of Pediatrics,” Troutman said.
Troutman submitted the original petition, entitled the Santa Monica MGM Bill Ballot Initiative, on May 19. She would have had 180 days after publishing information about the bill to collect over 6,000 signatures.
Had she done that, the measure — which would have made circumcising a child under the age of 18 a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $1,000 fine or a year in jail — would have gone on the November 2012 ballot.
However, the hue and cry raised within the religious community, and what she felt was a misrepresentation of her goals by news media, caused Troutman to seek another way of furthering her real agenda.