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Half million US women at risk of genital mutilation, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 18 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i310
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

More than 500 000 women and girls in the United States are at risk of genital mutilation, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported in a new study.1 Female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision and female genital cutting, is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia for cultural or religious reasons.

Despite international condemnation of the procedure as a violation of human rights, it …

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