On eve of Board of Health vote, haredi umbrella group wants to bring ‘freedom of religion’ case.
The haredi umbrella organization Agudath Israel is planning to sue the City of New York should the Board of Health pass a law this week requiring that mohels obtain informed consent from parents whose infant sons will undergo metztizah b’peh, The Jewish Week has learned.
The informed consent document would provide information about the oral suction procedure’s risks, which include infection with the herpes virus that could lead to brain damage or death.
After the death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it is investigating the case as a possible criminal matter.
Jerry Schmetterer, the spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, told The Jewish Week Monday, “Our Crimes Against Children Bureau is looking into this situation. I would not assume what any possible charges would be.”