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New York City Sued Over Circumcision Laws

A new lawsuit is brought against the city of NYC against the banning of metzitza b'pe.
By Scott Krane, New York
First Publish: 10/12/2012, 3:07 PM

Baby  on day of circumcision
Baby  on day of circumcision
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Orthodox Jewish groups have brought a lawsuit against the city of New York, hindering a required warning to parents of the dangers of metzitza b’pe.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in the Federal District Court in Manhattan by the Central Rabbinical Congress of the United States and Canada, the International Bris Association as well as a number of individual moyhelim. Other signatories of the lawsuit include,

Agudath Israel of America, the Satmar chasidic Central Rabbinical Congress of the United States & Canada, Rabbi Samuel Blum, Rabbi Aharon Leiman and Rabbi Shloime and Eichenstein.

The suit claims that the regulation that conditions the ritual on parental consent is unconstitutional and is in violation of religious persecution laws.

The new rule that Jewish leaders find so offensive was adopted unanimously by the New York City Board of Health last month, citing the risk of infant herpes that result from circumcision and the metzitza ritual.

According to a report released in the Jewish American press, some 11 boys contracted herpes between 2004 and 2011, according to city health officials. Two died and two others suffered brain damage, according to New York City officials.

Under the revamped law, parents need to sign a consent form that says the health department that issues the warning: "direct oral suction should not be performed" because of the risk of contracting herpes.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)