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19 May 2010

Female Genital Mutilation in the USA?

The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new policy statement proposing changes to the Female Genital Mutilation Act, a law that has prohibited any form of FGM in the U.S. since 1996.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that doctors perform a ritual nick of girls’ genitals, so families whose cultures accept the practice female genital mutilation will not send their daughters overseas for the full genital cutting procedure.
 united states
The position of the United States has been to prohibit all forms of genital mutilation. Until now the American Academy of Pediatrics has stood with the USA government and recommended that doctors attempt to persuade parents not to mutilate their baby girls and doctors would not perform such procedures. The new recommendation may serve to legitimize a practice that is deeply rooted in female subordination and abuse. The World Health Organization condemns the practice of female genital mutilation as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It is gender based violence discrimination that is performed on girls to control their sexuality and to facilitate their in the community. Often it used to safeguard their virginity until marriage because genital mutilation makes sexual intercourse painful. Where pain is not experienced, there is a lack of sexual stimulation and sensation thereby removing any chance that a woman can ever enjoy a pleasurable sensation from sex.  Moreover, there are serious health risks associated with genital mutilation.
oppression subordination of women
Female genital mutilation is illegal in the USA, but federal and state governments have been slow to protect girls from the practice.
 women's rights
What are your feelings about the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics on female genital mutilation in the United States?
Should the United State government take an active role to protect female children from mutilation at the behest of their parents?
Should the American Academy of Pediatrics make recommendations that may be interpreted as an endorsement of female genital mutilation?
Visit Intact America to sign an email letter to the American Academy of Pediatrics asking them to rescind their recommendation about female genital mutilation.
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Female Genital Mutilation Act in the US
Female Genital Mutilation Act in the UK
World Health Organization on Female Genital Mutilation

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