American Academy of Pediatrics Retracts Compromise Position On Female Genital Mutilation

Last month The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a compromise position on ritual  female genital mutilation which I and many others were critical of.  They have now reconsidered and rescinded this position. CNN reports:

The American Academy of Pediatrics has rescinded a controversial policy statement raising the idea that doctors in some communities should be able to substitute demands for female genital cutting with a harmless clitoral “pricking” procedure.

“We retracted the policy because it is important that the world health community understands the AAP is totally opposed to all forms of female genital cutting, both here in the U.S. and anywhere else in the world,” said AAP President Judith S. Palfrey.

The contentious policy statement, issued in April, had condemned the practice of female genital cutting overall. But a small portion of statement suggesting the pricking procedure riled U.S. advocacy groups and survivors of female genital cutting.

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