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MPs recommend tightening the law on female circumcision

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1365
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Doctors may soon be required by law to report any cases of female genital mutilation that they encounter if MPs succeed in toughening measures to ban the practice.

    Although female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision, has been illegal in the United Kingdom since 1985, no one has ever been prosecuted under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act. According to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, increasing numbers …

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