The American Academy of Pediatrics has reversed its decision last month regarding the practice of female circumcision by immigrants from some African, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. The academy had suggested in a policy statement that doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or nick on girls if it would keep their families from sending them overseas for the full circumcision. Although the nick on a girl’s clitoris is illegal in the United States, the academy’s bioethics panel had noted it is practiced in some countries. The policy statement ignited a storm of criticism from opponents of female genital cutting. Dr. Judith S. Palfrey, president of the academy, said: “We’re saying don’t do it. Do everything that you can to support that family in this tough time, but don’t be pulled into the procedure.”
Of course, New York Times writer Pam Belluck fails to use the words “female genital mutilation” in this brief blurb. But at least she reported on this major victory for Feminist Hawks in our fight against this inhumane and indefensible form of misogyny.
Thank you, NewsReal readers, for helping Jenn Q. Public and Lori Ziganto bring attention to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ dangerous betrayal of young girls in the name of multiculturalism. Well done!