New York Fails To Enforce Consent Forms for Metzitzah B'Peh Circumcision Rite

2 More Infants Contract Herpes But No Sign of City Action

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By Paul Berger

Published February 05, 2014.

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The mayor’s press office did not respond to a request to explain what a more effective solution might look like.

Zwiebel said it was unlikely that he would discuss the consent forms with the new mayor until the appeal is decided. But he said that he could meet with de Blasio ahead of time to discuss how the city investigates cases of neonatal herpes linked to MBP.

“Is there an automatic assumption it must have come from a mohel during metzitzah b’peh, or is there a readiness to consider other sources of transmission?” he said.

Zwiebel added that the ultra-Orthodox community sees the city’s attempts to regulate MBP in light of recent efforts to strictly limit or ban ritual circumcision, which are gaining traction in Europe.

“We fear a slippery slope that could lead in that direction,” Zwiebel said.

Contact Paul Berger at berger@forward.com or on Twitter, @pdberger



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