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UK colleges criticise “compromise” in US guidance on female genital mutilation

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2586
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Two UK Royal Colleges have raised concerns about guidance issued by American paediatricians on female genital mutilation in which they suggest that doctors could offer families “a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm.”

    The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health say in a statement that, “To suggest that a qualified medical practitioner is involved in this practice as a ‘compromise’ does not make it less brutal and has the danger of giving legitimacy to FGM [female genital mutilation]. Two …

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