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by Rosie Duivenbode and Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc

In April 2017, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, at that time an emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, was arrested and jailed. Together with seven others she will be among the first persons to be tried under the U.S. federal Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) law.i

While those involved are awaiting their trial,ii we have observed that the strategic use of stigmatizing terminology used to describe the procedure in public circles, combined with the sidelining of religious perspectives on the meaning of this practice, have obscured nuanced deliberation over the complex issues FGC raises.…

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