Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of a girl’s external genitals. Her body is physically damaged when the healthy tissue of her genitals are cut away. There are no health benefits to FGM. Complex cultural and social reasons are often given about why it is practiced.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The African Women’s Health Center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, report that approximately 228,000 women and girls in the U.S. have either suffered through the procedure or are at risk of having it done to them. Many of these young girls are subjected to FGM when they vacation in a country that sanctions the practice. In other cases, circumcisers are brought into the U.S. – even though FGM is illegal in this country.
ACT for America has been working diligently at the state level to see legislation passed so that no girl ever suffers the horrors of FGM – on U.S. soil or elsewhere.
One of ACT for America’s priorities is to educate about the rise of oppressive Sharia Law in America and its impact on Muslim women and children including beatings, honor killings, and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We must ensure that every woman and child enjoy the protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution.