NYC, Orthodox Jews reach deal on circumcision suction ritual

In this Feb. 11, 2015 photo, Abraham Romi Cohn is handed a scalpel during the bris, or ritual circumcision, of Yosef Sananas in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is negotiating a medical protocol that would allow for religious freedom as it navigates health officials' concern over the practice of oral suction during ultra-Orthodox circumcision ceremonies, in which a rabbi sucks blood from a wound on the penis. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says it has reached an agreement with members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community over a tradition known as oral suction circumcision.

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