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Ritual Nicks and the American Academy of Pediatrics

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  1. Stephanie Farrior says:

    Readers might be interested in the statement issued jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA and UNIFEM regarding the AAP’s (now-rescinded) policy. Amongst other things, their statement says:
    “The AAP new policy statement erroneously states that ‘WHO and other international health organizations are silent on the pros and cons of pricking or minor incisions’. In fact, the 2008 ‘Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation – an Interagency Statement’ signed by 10 UN agencies devotes a full section to the issue of pricking, piercing, incision and scraping.”

    These organizations state: “We are concerned that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy statement . . . contain[s] statements that could weaken the efforts to eliminate the practice. Of particular concern is the suggestion that some forms of FGM are not harmful and can be supported and performed by medical personnel.

    “Convinced that the AAP also wishes to contribute to reaching the objective of ending FGM, we are writing to raise the issues of concern and to strongly encourage AAP to revise its policy statement.”

    Full statement available here:

    http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fgm/fgm_app_statement.pdf

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