Mark Steyn's latest article at NRO,"Nicking our Public Discourse," mentions that the American Academy of Pediatrics has amended its policy on female genital mutilation (FGM). While not advocating full-scale clitorectomies, the AAP now suggests "federal and state laws be changed to permit [pediatricians] to give a "ritual nick" to young girls" - in an effort to dissuade parents from sending these girls overseas for the full deal. So in the case of a Jehovah's Witness who wants to deny medical treatment to a child for religious purposes, the state will intervene and remove that child from the home. But in the case of a Muslim who wants to mutilate her daughter . . . let's accomodate her. Fortunately, there is a bill pending in Congress, H.R. 5137, that would make it a crime to transport a child overseas for the purposes of FGM - a far more compassionate approach to the problem.