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Brooklyn, NY - Amid Growing Concerns, NYC Council Considers Further Restrictions On Metzitzah B’peh

Published on: March 16, 2017 05:15 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Metzitzah b’peh is once again being examined closely by city officials, this time with the City Council vowing to take action if it feels that the Department of Health is not doing an adequate job regulating the controversial custom.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2mUjfxS), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would investigate whether or not a coalition of rabbis was upholding a 2015 deal that would identify mohels who performed metzitzah b’peh on babies who later developed neonatal herpes and require them to undergo testing for the virus. 

Mohels who are found to be carriers would not be allowed to perform metzitzah b’peh under the agreement negotiated with Mayor de Blasio shortly after his election.

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But concern has continued to grow amid reports that only two of six mohels linked to babies who underwent metzitzah b’peh and later contracted neonatal herpes, only two were identified. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced today that since City Hall appears to have abdicated its responsibility in enforcing the agreement, the City Council may take additional steps to further regulate metzitzah b’peh, reported the New York Post (http://nyp.st/2nwJXun).

“We are looking into it at this moment,” said Mark-Viverito. “We are obviously going to see what the Department of Health, what action they take, and then decide what steps we will take.”



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 Mar 16, 2017 at 05:28 PM Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 05:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

Now you are rationalizing, so you already lost your case.

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 05:55 PM boobi Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

But theese are your yiddishe babbies , di shoite

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 06:04 PM R Tuvia Says:

It is a big Bizoyon Hatorah to insert into the Torah, that Metzitzah Bpeh is part of the Mitzvah. It was done only for One reason, because they thought that it was medically necessary.

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 07:40 PM NYlawyer Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

Actually, a few babies are allged to have contracted neonatal herpes after coming into contact with a mohel who preformed metzitzah b’peh. It was never conclusivley proven that the babies contracted the neonatal herpes from the mohel and no baby has died from the alleged contact.

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 10:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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NYlawyer Says:

Actually, a few babies are allged to have contracted neonatal herpes after coming into contact with a mohel who preformed metzitzah b’peh. It was never conclusivley proven that the babies contracted the neonatal herpes from the mohel and no baby has died from the alleged contact.

If it was your son who contracted neonatal herpes after metzitzah b’peh, I don't think you would have posted what you did.

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

Abortion kills fetuses, not babies. There is a difference, though both are human life: just as a baby is not an adult, a fetus is not a baby.

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 Mar 16, 2017 at 11:20 PM PointOfView Says:

Reply to #1  
Mark Levin Says:

Abortion kills far more babies than MPB!

This is what, 2 out of millions?

I understand that this is important for so many people, but you guys should be able to figure out why it seems so insane and disgusting to the general population.

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 Mar 17, 2017 at 12:47 AM joelebo Says:

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R Tuvia Says:

It is a big Bizoyon Hatorah to insert into the Torah, that Metzitzah Bpeh is part of the Mitzvah. It was done only for One reason, because they thought that it was medically necessary.

Halacha mimoshe misinay, what is that to you, the health reason was only a taam not the etzem hainyan

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 Mar 17, 2017 at 03:06 AM Chaim Eliezer Says:

If a dermatologist made an incision and tried to suck YOUR blood using his mouth, you'd be calling the Health Department and a personal injury lawyer. Think what you want about the theory of evolution, but don't doubt the germ theory of disease.

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 Mar 17, 2017 at 05:39 AM Shlomo-1 Says:

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NYlawyer Says:

Actually, a few babies are allged to have contracted neonatal herpes after coming into contact with a mohel who preformed metzitzah b’peh. It was never conclusivley proven that the babies contracted the neonatal herpes from the mohel and no baby has died from the alleged contact.

While not "conclusively proven," there is certainly a lot of evidence. Also, since (at least the last time I checked), the mohelim weren't getting tested it was impossible to do the virology to match the viral DNA.
As for the "no baby died," that is small comfort to the families whose babies were left with severe brain damage.
As R Tuvia pointed out (above), MBP was not part of the mitvah--it was added for medical benefit. Medicine has shown that it is not only not beneficial, it carries some risk.

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