Bloomberg said Tuesday that the practice of metzitzah b'peh, which is under review by the New York City Health Department and was the subject of a recent hearing, is potentially dangerous to newborns.
"There are certain practices that doctors say are not safe and we will not permit those practices to the extend that we can stop them," Bloomberg said. "You don't have a right to put any child's life in danger, and this clearly does."
Metzitzah b'peh came under harsh scrutiny after a Brooklyn infant died after contracting herpes through the ritual.
Asked about Hikind's criticism, a Health Department spokesperson told The Daily Politics, "There is no safe way to perform oral suction on any open wound in a newborn. To protect infant health, parents considering ritual Jewish circumcision need to know that circumcision should only be performed under sterile conditions, like any other procedures that create open cuts, whether by mohelim or medical professionals."
Source: NY Daily News