Straight from the NY Daily News:

“The city Health Department on Wednesday “strongly” urged against an ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual that uses oral-genital suction to remove the blood.

In September, a Brooklyn infant died after the procedure because he contracted herpes from the rabbi, or mohel , who performed it.

“There is no safe way to perform oral suction on any open wound in a newborn,” city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said in a statement.

The ritual leaves infants at risk of contracting herpes simplex virus type 1.”

This of course implicates the incredibly thorny issue of parental rights and the protection of children, which has come up in several contexts.  I have yet to arrive upon an arrangement for resolving this situations that I’m completely comfortable with.

And it underscores the difficulty of maintaining a society that is both truly diverse and truly free.

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