Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pediatricians Finally Reject All Female Genital Mutilation

"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has finally come to its senses. In a previous statement made in April, they went head to head with the 1996 federal law that bans all types of female “circumcision” – or what we more aptly call “female genital mutilation” (FGM). A previous statement suggested that pediatricians should consider “pricking” the clitoris as a way to meet cultural requirements and appease immigrants whose cultures demand that they undergo FGM as a way to help prevent having these girls transported back to Somalia, Ethiopia, or wherever else this practice is condoned. This “clitoral nick” would require a tiny cut in the skin over the clitoris, which the statement compared to getting ears pierced. Now, they have retracted their statement in favor of one that opposes all types of genital cutting in girls."

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