metzitza b'peh

City Council Bill Would Prevent Regulation Of Circumcision

Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."
09/15/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Citing freedom of religion, Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation prohibiting the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Board of Health from taking any formal action against the controversial practice of metzitzah b’peh. 

The legislation, introduced at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, has since been referred to the Health Committee for hearings. It addresses the Board of Health's requirement last year that mohelim obtain written consent from parents before performing the oral suction practice, which has been linked to dangerous infection.

Cut it out: Consent requirement for circumcision practice intrudes on religious practice, pol says. Getty Images

MPB Fight Unites Ultra-Orthodox And Ultra-Ultra-Orthodox

10/24/2012 - 20:00

Buoyed by the city Board of Health's agreement to delay implementing its consent decree on metitza b'peh (MBP) while a lawsuit is pending, a group of plaintiffs held a press conference earlier this week to galvanize support. (Our invitation must have been caught in the Spam folder.)

Exclusive: Agudah Preparing To Sue City Over Metzitza Informed Consent

On eve of Board of Health vote, haredi umbrella group wants to bring ‘freedom of religion’ case.
09/10/2012 - 20:00

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.

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