Saturday, June 30, 2007

Egypt Bans Female Circumcision After Death of 12-Year-Old Girl

Great News after a tragedy, Guardian reports that Egypt has banned female genital mutilation.

Howling Latina's daughter has lived in Cairo for the last year or so; in fact, she's arriving on her annual trek to the U.S. on Monday.

Anyhow....unbeknownst to her, it seems Egyptians continue the practice of FGM (or as euphemistically called female circumcision) and as many as 50 percent of females undergo this horrid procedure.

For the unacclimated, FGM is the practice of female genital cutting of the clitoris; can't have women enjoying sex, of course.
Egypt has banned all female circumcision after the death this week of a 12-year-old girl undergoing the widely practised procedure.

Budour Ahmad Shaker died from an overdose of anaesthetic at a private clinic in Minya province in upper Egypt during the $9 (£4.50) operation. Her parents are threatening to sue the doctor involved after he reportedly tried to bribe them to withdraw their complaint.
Arab Woman Progressive Voice reports the child's parents have had the gall to sue the doctor for "negligence." She comments, "What do they call their subjecting their daughter to the operation to begin with? Wish someone would sue them!"

Not to worry, with the Bush/Roberts Court, females in America will soon be having back alley abortions and circumcision will look like reasonable enlightenment.

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