Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some Rabbis Will Refuse To Comply With NYC Informed Consent Circumcision Rule

As previously reported, a New York federal district court earlier this month refused to issue a preliminary injunction to block enforcement of the New York City Health Department's rule requiring that a mohel (Jewish ritual circumciser) obtain a written informed consent form from parents before he performs a circumcision using the oral suction technique (metzitzah b'peh).  The Forward reports today that some Orthodox rabbis say they will refuse to comply with the rule. The American Board of Ritual Circumcision says that its members will not have parents sign the waiver forms. Other Orthodox groups however are not necessarily urging civil disobedience.