H. R. 2400
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 24, 2011
Mr. Sherman (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
To prevent States from prohibiting male circumcision.
This Act may be cited as the
Religious and Parental Rights Defense
Act of 2011.
Congress finds the following:
Male circumcision carries significant medical benefits, including lower risk of sexually-transmitted diseases, certain kinds of infection, and overall improved hygiene.
Male circumcision is an important part of many world religions, including Judaism and Islam, and observers have safely embraced its practice for generations.
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—
applies to all such circumcisions performed in the State; and
is limited to ensuring that all such circumcisions are performed in a hygienic manner.