New York, NY - Report: Agudath Israel Plans To Sue NYC Over Metzitzah B’peh
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 b’peh, 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 Israel’s general counsel, Mordechai Biser writes that the organization is seeking a New York-based law firm to work pro-bono or on “a reduced rate basis” to bring “a 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 (‘metzitzah b’peh’).”
The legal premise for the lawsuit is “that 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).” The e-mail continues, “We are concerned that if this regulation goes into effect, the next step will be further regulation of bris milah.”
Mr. Biser did not respond to requests for comment.
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