Just when you think the War on Women couldn’t get any worse, and that you have heard of everything, now there have been Federal charges brought against a doctor in Detroit, Michigan, USA, who works in an emergency room. She has been arrested and charged with performing Female Genital Mutilation on two 7-year-old little girls.
We have been fighting to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation from the world since the early 1990’s. It is a terrible practice, done to control women and girls. It is what makes women marriageable in many cultures in Africa, some parts of Asia, and parts of the Middle East.
It is terribly painful, can lead to infection which can then lead to death, and the mother who has had it performed on herself takes the child, as if she was a sacrifice, to the village “wise man/woman” who performs this. In some cases, they cut out the clitoris, or the tissue around the clitoris. The idea is prevent the child/woman from feeling sexual arousal or satisfaction. In some cultures, when a woman is married and man must leave the village for business, he actually has his wife sewn closed except for a small opening so she can urinate through her meatus. In this way, he can be certain she is faithful while he is gone.
As people immigrate to America, they bring a lot of pieces of their culture with them. America has always been enriched by the cultures of other nations, but this is not a piece of culture that is enriching. It is a method of subjugating girls and women. It is against Federal and State laws. The doctor in this article is a practicing emergency room doctor in Detroit, who has been suspended from her job due to the allegations. If found guilty, she will probably lose her license to practice medicine, and face prison because these charges are felony charges. They are also trying to decide if she should receive bail.
For more information about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), I have written about the subject several times; go into my archives and search to read more about this terrible, terrible crime against women and girls.