“…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.
Medicalization is rapidly increasing around the world. For example, in Egypt and Sudan, where FGM/C is nearly universal, almost 80% 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 of 14 studies conducted in countries where FGM/C is common documented several ways that health professionals rationalize their participation.“
A primary care physician by training, my passion is researching and writing about maintaining patient-directed choice in medical care, supporting independent physicians, promoting free-market healthcare solutions and seeking sustainable fiscal policy in healthcare.
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