The American Academy of Pediatrics is
suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a
ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls who come from cultures that believe in female circumcision.
They argue that it won't hurt the girls at all, and it might prevent families from going abroad for the full operation.
Opponents say that American doctors should not be involved in any way in a barbaric practice that damages girls. It could lead to doctors being pressured to do more serious procedures on the girls.
I read this article over the weekend, and it stayed with me. I found myself in the opposing camp. I don't want any official endorsement of female circumcision, even a benign nick.