Sunday, May 16, 2010

Accomplice to Mutilation

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.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, my God! How does the AAP sleep at night? What's even more bothersome is that if you go to the HR 5137 link, you'll see that someone actually OPPOSES this bill. Sickos.