Female Genital Mutilation: Why Are Doctors Silent?

“…we have seen a trend moving it away from villages and homes, where it has usually been done, and into hospitals, clinics, and private offices. The location change has ushered in a vocational change. Health professionals—doctors and nurses—are now frequently the ones performing this procedure on young girls.[5]

Medicalization is rapidly increasing around the world. For example, in Egypt and Sudan, where FGM/C is nearly universal, almost 80%[5] of procedures are performed by members of the health sector.”

 

 

Why are health professionals, who have sworn to do no harm, participating in a practice that is considered a human rights violation? A recent review[7] of 14 studies conducted in countries where FGM/C is common documented several ways that health professionals rationalize their participation.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/907104