Six babies have been infected with herpes after NYC mayor De Blasio lifted regulations on controversial ultra-Orthodox circumcision ritual that involves cleaning the wound by mouth

Our thanks to Tim for this. Excerpts:

Six babies have been infected with herpes after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lifted regulations on the the controversial Jewish circumcision ritual, health officials said.

The ancient Orthodox Jewish practice known as metzitzah b’peh, requires a mohel, the person performing the circumcision, to suck blood from the baby’s wound…

Doctors found the newborn had been infected with herpes simplex virus-1, more commonly known as oral herpes (HSV-1). The baby boy was hospitalized for two weeks and is now recovering.

The ultra-Orthodox ritual has become controversial because of the health risks to infants as mohels are not even required to be tested for herpes…

Leaders in the Orthodox group had argued that the regulations violated their religious freedom…

Health officials said the ritual has been linked 24 cases of herpes since 2000. Two of the infants who were infected suffered brain damage and two died.

These barbaric violations of the genitals of 8-day-old baby boys are also happening in Orthodox Jewish communities in the UK. We invite you to join us at our forthcoming anti-MGM protests, details here.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • William Gruff

    What’s a dose of herpes to an eight day old baby boy when religious freedom is at stake?

  • Lawrence Newman

    That’s the least of the poor mite’s worries. I could have lived with a dose of herpes. It’s the not having any sexual pleasure due to having no erogenous nerves left that’s ruined my life.

    • William Gruff

      Sexual pleasure is not something herpes sufferer enjoy frequently.