Dr. Thomas Farley

NYC To Discourage Bris Oral Suction

06/07/2012

 

The New York City Health Commissioner has issued a strongly worded statement calling for an end to a controversial circumcision-related rite.

Dr. Thomas Farley said that direct oral-genital suction, known as metzitzah b'peh, should not be performed during Jewish ritual circumcision, and announced that several hospitals, including those serving the haredi Orthodox Jewish community, have agreed to distribute a brochure that describes the risk of contracting the herpes virus from the practice.

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