The American Academy of Pediatrics has put its final foot down about the female circumcision surgery that includes young women having the inner or outer labia sewn together and/or “excising the entire clitoris or part of the clitoris. African countries as well as middle eastern cultures are known to practice this unnecessary ritual that is supposed to mark a girl coming into womanhood.
According to CNN “the AAP stated the group will not condone doctors to provide any kind of ‘clitoral nick.’ The AAP also clarified nicking a girl or woman’s genitals is forbidden under a 1996 federal law banning female genital mutilation.” Prior to this statement, the AAP tried to consider cultural differences of opinion on this topic by saying it would be okay to clip the clitordoctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a “harmless clitoral ‘pricking’ procedure. But that left the door open for the more harmful circumcision to continue to take place.
Taking back this opportunity for some doctors to continue to perform this surgery is a major victory for women throughout the world and the U.S., where a lot of these people from the different cultures that practice the ritual reside. Read more about the victory here.