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Female genital mutilation

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1088
  1. Godwin I Meniru, Clinical research fellow,
  2. Maryann O Meniru, Health psychologist,
  3. Uchechukwu O Ezeh, Clinical research fellow
  1. London Gynaecology and Fertility Centre, London W1N 1AF
  2. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4BU
  3. University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Jessop's Hospital For Women, Sheffield S3 7RE

    Should be abolished

    EDITOR—Is the abolition of female genital mutilation just another feminist issue? Is it racism or cultural insensitivity to stamp out this practice in Britain? Should we continue to avoid doing anything about it on the grounds that it is “a private, difficult, and sensitive” issue? Anyone who does not know the answers to these questions should take another look at the photograph of a female infant being mutilated1 because it answers all questions relating to what the correct stance of the Western world to this practice should be.

    Concerted action should be taken to abolish female genital mutilation in Britain, with …

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