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Should american hospital workers refuse to discuss female circumcision with the parents of newborns?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Tell all it's ilegal: American hospital workers should tell all that performing a female circumcision in the usa, as well as all civilized countries that it is a criminal offence. It involves amputating the clitoris and thus removing any pleasant sexual sensation later in life. Perpetrators need to be be reported to the police and sent to prison.Any physician perpetrator faces automatic loss of medical license for life.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I believe that they : Have an obligation to discuss it with parents. To educate them of the great harm that it could cause an infant/ child/ female. They need to know it is illegal in this country. Parents that clearly intend to pursue female genital mutilation should be reported to child protective services. Sadly, many parents who are unable to have female "circumcisions" performed on their daughters in the us, >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
travel to their home of origin to have it done there.
Feb 1, 2014
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
it is not "circumcision" (removing hood of the clitoris-tissue analogous to foreskin of the penis); it is removal of the clitoris (clitorectomy-analogous to removing the glans penis -head of the penis).
Feb 1, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
And sometimes even more is removed. It is done w or w/out anesthesia & variably can remove clitoral hood, clitoris, inner labia & / or out labia. The World Health Organization Female Circumcision Type III or Infibulation is when the female's genitalia are sewn closed – with small hole left for urine & menstruation.
Feb 1, 2014
Last updated Feb 1, 2014

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