H.R. 2400 (112th): Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Jun 24, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2400

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 24, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Berman, Mr. Engel, Mr. Levin, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Mr. Israel, and Mr. Ackerman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To prevent States from prohibiting male circumcision.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Male circumcision carries significant medical benefits, including lower risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, certain kinds of infection, and overall improved hygiene.

(2)

Male circumcision is an important part of many world religions, including Judaism and Islam, and observers have safely embraced its practice for generations.

3.

Preemption of State law prohibiting male circumcision

No State or political subdivision of a State may adopt or continue in force a law, regulation, or order that prohibits or regulates the circumcision of males who have not attained the age of 18 years and whose parent or guardian has consented to the circumcision, unless such law, regulation, or order—

(1)

applies to all such circumcisions performed in the State; and

(2)

is limited to ensuring that all such circumcisions are performed in a hygienic manner.