Médicos americanos podem se envolver em 'simbólica' mutilação genital feminina

quarta-feira, maio 19, 2010

Published online April 26, 2010
PEDIATRICS Vol. 125 No. 5 May 2010, pp. 1088-1093 (doi:10.1542/peds.2010-0187)


Policy Statement

Ritual Genital Cutting of Female MinorsCommittee on Bioethics


The traditional custom of ritual cutting and alteration of the genitalia of female infants, children, and adolescents, referredto as female genital mutilation or female genital cutting (FGC), persists primarily in Africa and among certain communities in the Middle East and Asia. Immigrants in the United States from areas in which FGC is common may have daughters who have undergone a ritual genital procedure or may request that such a procedure be performed by a physician. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that pediatricians and pediatric surgical specialists should be aware that this practice has life-threatening health risks for children and women. The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes all types of female genital cutting that pose risks of physical or psychological harm, counsels its members not to perform such procedures, recommends that its members actively seek to dissuade families from carrying out harmful forms of FGC, and urges its members to provide patients and their parents with compassionate education about the harms of FGC while remaining sensitive to the cultural and religious reasons that motivate parents to seek this procedure for their daughters.

Key Words: female genital mutilation • FGM • female genital cutting • FGC

Abbreviations: FGC = female genital cutting