The Academy suggested it was OK to go ahead and “nick” a newborn female’s clitoris because the families of some “African or Asian cultures” would get it done in otherwise horrific conditions. FIRST, let it be known that female genital mutilation, fgm, is a not so uncommon Muslim practice. Giving into it is unacceptable in any form or degree. It is also against a federal law which “makes criminal any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals” of a girl in the United States.
I side with Georgeanne Chapin, executive director of Intact America. The idea that it should be OK to beat your wife a little, just because you would otherwise beat her anyway, simply shows the insanity of that slippery slope. Rep. Joe Crowley, Democrat of New York, wants to strengthen the federal law by making it a crime to take a girl overseas to be “circumcised.” He is absolutely right.
As for the doctors,” Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means ‘First, do no harm.’ Nonmaleficence, which derives from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of medical ethics. Another way to state it is that ‘given an existing problem, it may be better to do nothing than to do something that risks causing more harm than good.'” It would seem to me that this should preclude doctors from even thinking about it.
There are many practices under Sharia, in the Muslim faith, dealing with women, which are repugnant to us western infidels. If a Muslim in this country wants to adhere to them, then they should be deported to a country that supports their belief rather than trying to alter this country’s regard for women. We have enough barriers to equality as it is without adding genital mutilation.
FYI: “Currently, more than 130 million women and girls worldwide have undergone female genital cutting, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It is mostly performed on girls younger than 15 in countries including Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. Consequences can include severe complications with pregnancy, childbirth and sexual dysfunction.”
THE DOCTORS IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE TRYING TO ERASE THIS BEHAVIOR, INSTEAD OF TRYING TO ADD THIS COUNTRY TO THE LIST OF THOSE ENDORSING IT. Just as an aside, I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics thought about whether it should be covered by insurance?
How fraqing stupid can we get?