Okaying female circumcision in the U.S. now?

Another Rant by BettyJean Kling

I don’t give a DAMNED what sick twisted friggen reason we are given for this disgusting bullshit- we must prevent this from happening in our country under any circumstances! Period! I don’t want to hear ‘this would prevent having these girls sent to foreign countries for the full circumcision’- that should be totally outlawed to begin with on every American born female.

Which is why we need the ERA- any child born in the USA should have human rights extended to them and be protected from lunatic religious fanatic parents and from mutilation! Period!

http://www.ruthfullyyours.com:80/2010/05/09/american-academy-of-pediatrics-okays-female-circumcision-see-note/

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS OKAYS FEMALE CIRCUMCISION?

Group Backs Ritual ‘Nick’ as Female Circumcision Option

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/health/policy/07cuts.html

By PAM BELLUCK

Published: May 6, 2010

In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of female circumcision in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls from these cultures if it would keep their families from sending them overseas for the full circumcision.

The academy’s committee on bioethics, in a policy statement last week, said some pediatricians had suggested that current federal law, which “makes criminal any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals” of a girl in the United States, has had the unintended consequence of driving some families to take their daughters to other countries to undergo mutilation.

“It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm,” the group said.

But some opponents of female genital mutilation, or F.G.M., denounced the statement.

“I am sure the academy had only good intentions, but what their recommendation has done is only create confusion about whether F.G.M. is acceptable in any form, and it is the wrong step forward on how best to protect young women and girls,” said Representative Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York, who recently introduced a bill to toughen federal law by making it a crime to take a girl overseas to be circumcised. “F.G.M. serves no medical purpose, and it is rightfully banned in the U.S.”

Georganne Chapin, executive director of an advocacy group called Intact America, said she was “astonished that a group of intelligent people did not see the utter slippery slope that we put physicians on” with the new policy statement. “How much blood will parents be satisfied with?”

She added: “There are countries in the world that allow wife beating, slavery and child abuse, but we don’t allow people to practice those customs in this country. We don’t let people have slavery a little bit because they’re going to do it anyway, or beat their wives a little bit because they’re going to do it anyway.”

A member of the academy’s bioethics committee, Dr. Lainie Friedman Ross, associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, said the panel’s intent was to issue a “statement on safety in a culturally sensitive context.”

Dr. Friedman Ross said that the committee members “oppose all types of female genital cutting that impose risks or physical or psychological harm,” and consider the ritual nick “a last resort,” but that the nick is “supposed to be as benign as getting a girl’s ears pierced. It’s taking a pin and creating a drop of blood.”

She said the panel had heard anecdotes from worried doctors.

“If we just told parents, ‘No, this is wrong,’ our concern is they may take their daughters back to their home countries, where the procedure may be more extensive cutting and may even be done without anesthesia, with unsterilized knives or even glass,” she said. “A just-say-no policy may end up alienating these families, who are going to then find an alternative that will do more harm than good.”

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 academy’s statement acknowledged that opponents of the procedure, “including women from African countries, strongly oppose any compromise that would legitimize even the most minimal procedure.”

Dr. Friedman Ross said, “If you medicalize it and say it’s permissible, is there a possibility that some people will misunderstand it and go beyond a nick? Yes.”

But she said the risk that people denied the ceremonial procedure, usually on the clitoris, would opt for the more harmful one was much more dangerous.

And the statement said that, “in some countries where FGC is common, some progress toward eradication or amelioration has been made by substituting ritual ‘nicks’ for more severe forms.”

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13 Responses

  1. this is horrifying!

    that’s all i’ve got.

    total shock.

  2. Please tell everyone you know- send them here to read this !- We need to spread this around.

  3. it’s really too much. the APA? the same folks that tell me it’s no-prob-bob to vaccinate my child?

    NO.

    just

    NO.

  4. I am speechless too.
    Did you see they want to do Drive-thru mastectomy?
    Where is America going?
    I do not recognize my country anymore!
    We must unite and put a stop to this slaughter of women and children.

  5. I beg to differ with Representative Crowley…I do belive that it is entirely possible that the academy has other than good intentions but then I have always questioned the neccesity of male circumcision too.

  6. In this Country this is child abuse. If a Catholic,
    Jewish etct mother mutilated her daughter
    genitals as this religious culture does she would be char
    Charged with abuse.
    So we are on our way to two sets of laws?
    WTF?? All children in this country are protected
    From abuse like this.

    What next a headectomy? Well they are going to
    Behead her anyway?

  7. This is disgusting and wrong. But one can’t help wonder where the equivalent article about male genital mutilation is.
    Most Americans are blind to the fact that what is routinely done to newborn boys here, whether for religious or dubious “health” reasons is no better than the FGM they vehemently rail against.

    • The thought about circumcision of males crossed my mind. I believe we should be asking the question to be fair.

      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United http://www.TheMajorityUnited.com http://www.FreeMeNow.wordpress BTR. The Majority United Radio Mon 10 pm & Wed 9:30 pm Eastern Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FreeMeNow http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/group.php?gid=112870418738402 Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill TMU IMAGINE Empowering Women To Unite & Mobilize !

    • Tom: See my comment above. When I was a younf nursing student, those of us who questioned circumcision, were told that often the babies didn’t even cry probable because they either had no nerves in the foreskin or they were too immature to feel pain. Turns out that they are probably in shock.

      I have wondered if this early assault on their genitals has anything to do with why so many men end up making it the center of their universe?

      • I still want to know if circumcising a boy is genital mutilation or not. If so then we should not be mutilating anyone boy or girl. I do think however that removing shin is a bit different (correct me if I am wrong) than cutting off the entire clitoris- so that a girl and never experience an orgasm ! No?

        Somebody educate me – one is to keep a boy cleaner and the other is to keep a woman from enjoying sex?

        BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United http://www.TheMajorityUnited.com http://www.FreeMeNow.wordpress BTR. The Majority United Radio Mon 10 pm & Wed 9:30 pm Eastern Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FreeMeNow http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/group.php?gid=112870418738402 Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill TMU IMAGINE Empowering Women To Unite & Mobilize !

        • Maybe I should change my name to “not an expert but willing ro give an opinion” . Here goes:

          I do think that the idea behind clitorectomies is to eliminate female sexual pleasure and/or orgasm. As far as I know it is a practice by some Muslims in a few countries and not a religious mandate. Seems to be part of the idea that sexual pleasure is for men. Women are sperm recepticles and baby ovens. Any deviation from this norm leads to terrible consequences. Here is a thought provoking article on tha subject.

          http://current.com/13r9i4c

          circumcision of male infants has its roots in the Hebrew Bible:
          http://members.cox.net/jbtilden/nenocirc.org/files/handouts/Christian_Parents_and_the_Circumcision_Issue.pdf
          The only possible medical reason that I know of has to do with the possibility of an increase in the risk of HPV infections (and therefor cervical cancer) in female partners. As for cleanliness, maybe we should all choose to shave our heads rather than wash our hair.
          the removal of the foreskin makes the penis less sensitive.
          Cutting of the foreskin is not the same as a clitorectomy but why are we doing either?

          I look at how the brain stores traumatic memories and seriously wonder at the psychological damage done by the routine assault on the genitals of babies. The physical damage may heal but early traumatic memory associating pain with the genitals will always be there.

  8. Many new parents of today are choosing not to have their newborn boys circumcised.

    At least they are given a choice in a “Free Country”!

    More violence perpetrated against women and children for a “belief”!

    Many of these women and children are given no choice.

    Do we or do we not live in America, the “Land of Liberty and Freedoms”?

  9. Yikes maybe circumcision is also mutilation!
    Given the info above there is a real difference between circumcision of males and females – of that there is no question . I can not even begin to equate the two nor do I intend to water down the original intent of this piece by worrying about some forskin compared to the complete removal of a clitoris on a female. And according to what some have asserted in this article http://current.com/13r9i4c – a must read- it seems to imply why not remove the ability to enjoy sex women rarely enjoy sex anyway! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

    ” As we know — from Masters and Johnson to the Hite report — many women in our own society rarely, if at all, experience sexual enjoyment. We are also aware that many features of our society turn women against their own bodies and encourage them to suppress their sexuality. The high frequency of rapes or attempted rapes, childhood sexual abuse, the battering of women, and exposure to pornography limits women’s sexual expression and enjoyment. Bodily self-hatred, encouraged by the introduction of unrealizable standards of beauty — teenage models, Barbie dolls, or even children’s fairy-tales — fosters frustration and feelings of inadequacy.

    From Cinderella to Lady D., from Playboy to children’s cartoons, the ideal woman is portrayed as a thin, delicate creature with large breasts, a narrow waist, and a limited intellect. Those who do not measure up may spend a lifetime of “self-improvement” and encounter permanent feelings of failure and disgust. Feminists have argued that these phenomena have devastating effects on the ability of women to enjoy sex, and yet very little is done in our society to change the nature of this oppressive reality. Perhaps, then, we are not as committed to assuring women the ability to experience sexual enjoyment as we seem to be when we condemn clitoridectomy. ”

    Tsk tsk tsk – we have finally read it in black and white – we are finally reduced to absolutely nothing- we do not even have a right to enjoy sex if we like. No wonder more and more women turn to each other for sexual pleasure!

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