Are health professionals complicit in female genital mutilation (FGM)?

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been a topic of concern to contributors to this journal (Herieka & Dhar (STIs); Dominguez & Jones (STIs); Leighton & Kingston (STIs).  The problem of avoiding extremist or ethnocentric responses to this important and emotive issue is discussed in an earlier blog (Using facts to moderate the […]

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Female circumcision: using facts to moderate the message

In a contemporary Western context female circumcision is hardly an issue that divides opinion.  A  WHO study, published in The Lancet (2006), and receiving considerable media coverage, appeared to corroborate widespread concerns as to its implications for the health of “cut” women and their babies   (http://www.thelancet.com/search/results?searchTerm=WHO+Study+Group+on+Female+Genital+Mutilation&fieldName=AllFields&journalFromWhichSearchStarted=lancet). However, a paper in the latest Hastings Center Report […]

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