New York, NY - Report: Agudath Israel Plans To Sue NYC Over Metzitzah Bâpeh
New York, NY - Agudath Israel is making plans to sue the City of New York in the event that the Department of Health approves the measure requiring parents to sign an informed consent document prior to the performance of metzitzah bâpeh, according to an e-mail obtained by The Jewish Week (http://bit.ly/UHwTxM). DOH is set to vote on the proposal this Thursday.
In the e-mail, Agudath Israelâs general counsel, Mordechai Biser writes that the organization is seeking a New York-based law firm to work pro-bono or on âa reduced rate basisâ to bring âa lawsuit against the City of New York to prevent the City from issuing a regulation that would require written parental consent for an aspect of bris milah (âmetzitzah bâpehâ).â
The legal premise for the lawsuit is âthat this regulation is unconstitutional on the grounds that it interferes with both freedom of religion and speech (the latter, because it requires the mohel to distribute certain information to parents).â The e-mail continues, âWe are concerned that if this regulation goes into effect, the next step will be further regulation of bris milah.â
Mr. Biser did not respond to requests for comment.
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