Dismissing legal boundaries or justifying unnecessary force not only undermines fundamental liberties, but fuels parental and community distrust of health officials and sets back the ultimate goals of protecting the public.
Mayor Bill de Blasio repealed a law that required parents to sign consent forms for the highly controversial practice.
In Orthodox Judaism, only husbands can give gets, the document that formally dissolves a marriage under Jewish law. While most do, those who refuse wield enormous power over their wives.
This is not the first time the Catskills community of Bloomingburg has been hit with civil rights litigation.