The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is again changing its policy on ritual female genital cutting (FGC) after advocacy groups protested the academy’s recently revised policy statement regarding the excision of girls’ external genitalia, which some African, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures perform as a rite of passage.
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The WHO estimates that up to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone some form of FGC, usually between infancy and 15 years of age. In the United States, nearly 228,000 female immigrants or refugees have been cut or are at risk for being cut because they come from ethnic communities where FCG is…Read the Rest of Article