Elizabeth Yore for Fox News| Female Genital Mutilation is not a ‘nick’ – Don’t let spin hide brutal reality as Michigan trial starts

(This post originally appeared in FoxNews.com | Image from FoxNews.com)

By Elizabeth Yore

There’s an old proverb that warns “better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.” That cautionary tale is at work with the realization that female genital mutilation landed on American shores and is growing throughout the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 513,000 women and girls are at risk of FGM in the U.S. Although this hideous practice has been outlawed under federal law since 1996, the first federal prosecution of a Michigan female doctor who is charged with performing this barbaric procedure on little girls is taking place right now in Detroit.

The linguistic lies are already underway by the defense team and FGM supporters. This brutal procedure performed on young girls from the ages 5 to12, known as clitoridectomy, consists of partial or total removal of the clitoris and/or its prepuce—the least drastic of four types of FGM—for purposes of ensuring “purity” and the inability to enjoy sexual pleasure throughout her adult life. The defense lawyer of Dr. Jamana Nagarwala, the doctor charged in Michigan, has described the procedure as benign and merely removing a mucous membrane. Sounds inconsequential and genteel, but it’s certainly not.

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