(2-25-15) NYC, Jewish leaders reach deal on circumcision health risks
Under agreement, if an infant is found to have herpes associated with oral suction, rabbinical coalition will cooperate with health officials in identifying mohel involved and ask him to be tested.
New York City has reached a tentative agreement with local rabbinical leaders regarding the Jewish circumcision ritual of direct oral suction in an effort to minimize health risks to infants, officials said on Tuesday.
The agreement aims to address health dangers associated with the ritual metzitzah b'peh, or MBP, which has been linked to a form of herpes that can be extremely risky to babies, city officials said.
In an MBP, a mohel who performs the circumcision uses oral suction to draw blood away from the wound on the infant's penis. The procedure is sometimes performed in ultra-Orthodox communities.
Under the agreement, the city will no longer require that a mohel obtain signed consent before the ritual.