New York Rabbis Say They Will Defy Any Law Making Parental Consent Compulsory for Circumcision

by Kathy Jones on  September 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM Medico Legal News
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Even as New York's health department considers a law that makes parental consent compulsory for babies to undergo the circumcision ritual, orthodox rabbis in the city said that even if the law is passed, they will defy it.
 New York Rabbis Say They Will Defy Any Law Making Parental Consent Compulsory for Circumcision
New York Rabbis Say They Will Defy Any Law Making Parental Consent Compulsory for Circumcision

During the ritual, called Metzitzah b'Peh, a Mohel removes the foreskin and uses his mouth to stop the bleeding.

However, at least 11 New York infants are thought to have contracted herpes from the practice, two of whom have died and two of whom have had irreversible brain damage, according to New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Rabbis, however, insist that the 5,000-year-old ritual is safe, and claimed that they refuse to tell parents that there are any health risks.

"This is the government forcing a rabbi practicing a religious ritual to tell his congregants it could hurt their child. If, God forbid, there was a danger, we would be the first to stop the practice," ABC News quoted Rabbi David Niederman, Executive Director of the United Jewish Organization of Williamsburg, as saying.

Niederman said the research linking metzitzah b'peh to infant deaths is "full of holes," adding that the ritual is performed safely "tens of thousands of times a year" worldwide, and that babies who aren't circumcised can also acquire herpes shortly after birth.

However, the Department of Health argues that parents should be informed of the risks before making a decision, as since 2004, it has received "multiple complaints from parents who were not aware that direct oral suction was going to be performed as part of their sons' circumcisions," according to a public notice.

The city's Health Department is scheduled to vote on the proposed law on Sept. 13, which would require mohels to explain the oral suction procedure and its risks, including the possible transmission of herpes simplex virus, and have parents sign a waiver.But Niederman worries that a vote to enact the law would force rabbis, who are "among the most law-abiding citizens," to put their religious beliefs first.

"When it comes to the law, we are all there - it's our obligation, according to our religion. But not when the law goes against our religion," he said.

Source: ANI

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It is bad enough that these Jewish Rabbis and Mohels claim that they must mutilate these innocent babies without their consent and remove this most sensitive part of their body which causes irreversible harm. To put these babies at further risk of infection by putting their dirty adult mouth on to the bleeding open wound on the infant child's penis and suck the blood is outrageous! They claim they have the right to do this because it part of their religion and they are above the law? That is not a "cult" that I want to be a part of! I say throw these child molesters in jail where they can get all the oral sex they want! There should be no double standard here. This law should already apply to everyone no matter what religion they belong to? They are already claiming infant male circumcision as a "right" because they are Jewish. Does that mean if I am Muslim, that I can circumcise my daughter? Or that I can murder my wife because she slept with another man and disgraced my honor? What if I find out that a local man or woman is practicing witchcraft? Can I burn him/her at the stake? Laws in the United States are supposed to protect everyone except in this case if you are a helpless infant male that is at the mercy of some idiot S.O.B. who thinks they have a covenent from God or can improve on nature with a knife! It is time the Jews [and everyone!]stop this cruel blood letting practice! A child has the right to be whole and intact in his body and go through life the way his creator made him. Infant Circumcision is child abuse no matter what your religion!

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