Christian Doctor Aids Those Scarred by FGM
Brutal and Unnecessary Practice of Female Genital Mutilation Leaves Physical and Emotional Scars on Millions Worldwide
Washington—A Georgia doctor is on a mission to help women and girls who have been scarred by the barbaric procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM) so they can return to a feeling of wholeness and peace.
The Christian doctor offers free surgeries to restore the bodies and minds of women who have been traumatized and robbed of their female identity, reported The Christian Post. Dr. T. Wayne Bloodworth says he often hears gratifying and life-changing comments at The Surgery Center for FGM like this one: “I feel whole again.”
The national #EndFGMToday initiative, led by international child advocate and attorney Elizabeth Yore, applauds Dr. Bloodworth and his commitment to these FGM survivors.
“Up to a half-million women and girls right here in the U.S. are at risk for FGM—worldwide, the figure is a heartbreaking 200 million,” Yore said. “The horrific practice of female genital mutilation leaves a lifetime of scars and, thank God, there are compassionate doctors who are doing all they can to help reverse both the physical and emotional scars. As Americans learn more about this cruel and unnecessary practice, we pray incidents will decrease and women and girls will be protected from this heinous act.”
Yore, who has worked on many cases of child abuse—which FGM is—says most Americans may assume that every state in the nation has a law to protect women and girls from FGM. But, in fact, just 27 states have enacted anti-FGM laws that criminalize this brutal practice that is often carried out on girls from the ages of 3 to 12.
In advance of the crucial midterm elections next week, #EndFGMToday called out the 23 states that have not yet enacted anti-FGM laws. Even though FGM has been a federal crime since 1996, Yore says local prosecutors need state laws to crack down on this horrific crime.
Yore also noted that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 500,000 girls and women are at risk of FGM in the United States. Female genital mutilation is also recognized by both the World Health Organization and the United Nations as a human rights violation perpetrated upon little girls and women. Over 200 million women worldwide have been subjected to this cruel and barbaric practice.
View a state-by-state map of those who do have anti-FGM laws at EndFGMToday.com. Anti-FGM efforts are underway in several additional states that do not yet have laws on the books.
Learn more about FGM on social media at #EndFGMToday, as well as efforts in the U.S. to stop it.