USA Judge dismisses female genital mutilation charges in historic case

Sexist legislation concerning genital cutting of children is backfiring because only girls are protected – due to religious pressure – the Judge in this case has done the right thing – the law as it stands is a nonsense. All children need protecting from genital cutting irrespective of gender and in spite of the parents’ religious cult ceremonies.


Healthcare & Secularism: Brian Earp – “Gender or genital autonomy?”

Brian Erp speaks on the perverse ethics of legal genital cutting of children …

From the British NSS (National Secular Society) 2018 conference on medical ethics.

Facebook Video, Brian Erp, 2018

Why cutting ANY child’s genitals is wrong: female, male, or intersex

Brian Erp is Associate Director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center Bioethics Research Institute, and a Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford.

He covers very well the modern international situation and legal and ethical dilemmas in this Youtube video.

Recent court cases in England and the United States have highlighted a paradox in the current legal treatment of female, male, and intersex children with respect to the protections they are afforded against medically unnecessary genital cutting. In particular, there are legally prohibited forms of female genital cutting (such as the so-called ritual ‘nick’) that are less invasive or risky than permitted forms of male and intersex genital cutting, creating a “collision course” for law and policy in the immediate future.

Video Link


10-year-old girl bleeds to death after female genital mutilation in Somalia

The death is the most high profile confirmed in Somalia, where 98% of women and girls are cut, the highest percentage anywhere in the world. Activists hope the publicity surrounding her death may help debunk myths in Somalia that FGM is safe.

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