Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending New York City’s tentative agreement with members of the Jewish community over Metzitzah B’peh.
Health officials have linked 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000 to the ancient ritual of sucking blood from the wounds of the infants.
The new deal no longer requires the circumcisers to obtain signed consent forms before the rites.
De Blasio said Wednesday the old policy of obtaining signed consent forms was “unenforceable” and offended some community members.
He also vowed that the city would stop any “wrongdoing” and prevent any mohel who gives a child herpes from continuing to administer the rite.