Female genital mutilation

J. E. Frader, J. R. Botkin, K. L. Moseley, R. M. Nelson, B. S. Wilfond, A. Kazura, W. A. Bowes, E. Krug, D. A. Caniano, N. M P King

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Abstract

The traditional custom of ritual cutting and alteration of the genitalia of female infants, girls, and adolescents, referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), persists primarily in Africa and among certain communities in the Middle East and Asia. Immigrants in the United States from areas where FGM is endemic may have daughters who have undergone a ritual genital procedure or may request that such a procedure be performed by a physician. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes that pediatricians and pediatric surgical specialists should be aware that this practice has serious, life-threatening health risks for children and women. The AAP opposes all forms of FGM, counsels its members not to perform such ritual procedures, and encourages the development of community educational programs for immigrant populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalPediatrics
Volume102
Issue number1 I
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 1998

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Frader, J. E., Botkin, J. R., Moseley, K. L., Nelson, R. M., Wilfond, B. S., Kazura, A., Bowes, W. A., Krug, E., Caniano, D. A., & King, N. M. P. (1998). Female genital mutilation. Pediatrics, 102(1 I), 153-156. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.102.1.153