Bris Policy
Wed, 08/13/2014

No child should be potentially harmed — brain damaged or killed — by someone performing oral suction at a bris (“As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind,” Aug. 8).

The law says, for example, that a Jehovah’s Witness child should never be denied a potentially life-saving blood transfusion and a Christian Scientist may not refuse to give insulin to his or her diabetic child. There is ample legal precedent for curtailing some elements of a religion when a child’s life and health is at stake. As an outraged Jewish pediatrician, I feel that oral suction is an unnecessary part of a bris and must be outlawed. If it is true that Rabbi Yitzchok Fisher still performs oral suction after infecting four children, one of whom died, he should be prosecuted.

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