I am speechless...........
Cross post from the excellent UpPompeii blog:
posted by Gandalf
"Obamacare", this is how the health care reforms are referred to in America, there is now a new twist to Obamacare, apparently it OK in the US to carry out female genital mutilation and the Doctors in America will perform the cruelest cut of all
NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International human rights organization Equality Now is stunned by a new policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which essentially promotes female genital mutilation (FGM) and advocates for "federal and state laws [to] enable pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a 'ritual nick'," such as pricking or minor incisions of girls' clitorises. The Policy Statement "Ritual Genital Cutting of Female Minors", issued by the AAP on April 26, 2010, is a significant set-back to the Academy's own prior statements on the issue of FGM and is antithetical to decades of noteworthy advancement across Africa and around the world in combating this human rights violation against women and girls. It is ironic that the AAP issued its statement the very same day that Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation, The Girls Protection Act (H.R. 5137), to close the loophole in the federal law prohibiting FGM by making it illegal to transport a minor girl living in the U.S. out of the country for the purpose of FGM.
FGM is a harmful traditional practice that involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia and is carried out across Africa, some countries in Asia and the Middle East, and by immigrants of practicing communities living around the world, including in Europe and the U.S. It is estimated that up to 140 million women and girls around the world are affected by FGM. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated in 1997 that over 168,000 girls and women living in the U.S. have either been, or are at risk of being, subjected to FGM.
This is pure appeasement, the vast majority of people who practice FGM are from the Islamic world, many people still argue that the mutilation of young girls in the Islamic World is a "cultural thing", and as such they should be allowed to practice this barbarism, under the blanket of multiculturalism and respecting other cultures practices and beliefs.
This act by the American Academy of Paediatrics merely ligitimises the act of FGM, and takes America further down the road of surrendering to Islam.
What comes next - legalization of honour killing - why not, if America allows the butchering of young girls how can it object to them being killed by their families.
The "nick" as it is referred to in the article will do nothing to stop the practice of FGM in the Muslim communities in the USA, all that will happen is the families will have the girl mutilated again in some back street butchers shop
Taina Bien-Aime, Equality Now's Executive Director explains, "Encouraging pediatricians to perform FGM under the notion of 'cultural sensitivity' shows a shocking lack of understanding of a girl's fundamental right to bodily integrity and equality.
I notice with interest that CAIR have not made any comment on this development, and to the best of my knowledge neither has Obama or any of his administration - well we must not offend his cultural roots must we.