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Letters Cosmetic genitoplasty

It's female genital mutilation and should be prosecuted

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1335
  1. Marge Berer, editor
  1. Reproductive Health Matters, London NW5 1TL
  1. mberer{at}

    Liao and Creighton ask how healthcare providers in the United Kingdom should respond to requests for “genitoplasty,”1 or what two UK websites call “labial reduction” and “female genital reshaping.”2 3 This procedure, which entails “the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons,”4 is a criminal offence in the UK under …

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