Female genital mutilation news: Doctors seek legalization of FGM

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Female genital mutilation should be legalized in a milder form, according to some doctors.

Female Genital Mutilation is already recognized as a human rights violation in an international level. This procedure according to the World Health Organization, involves any method which will alter or injure the female genitalia without medical reasons. Despite the act of condemnations, a new journal has suggested that the procedure should be legalized in some forms.

In the Journal of Medical Ethics, doctors are proposing a milder and new procedure against FGM. According to the paper, the new method will mimic the FGM procedure but will eliminate the harm on it. The researchers believe that in this proposed approach, the tradition and cultural inheritance of some ethnic tribes will be preserved.

In the paper, the authors have stated their stand concerning the new approach on FGM.

"We are not arguing that any procedure on the female genitalia is desirable. Rather, we only argue that certain procedures ought to be tolerated by liberal societies," wrote by the authors. The researchers also suggested that the term FGM should be replaced with FGA which means "Female Genital Alteration."

FGM can be categorized into four types, which are more likely equivalent to orthodontics, breast implants and virginal sculpting in the modern terms. With the new procedure, a fresh set of categorization will be introduced that will be based on the effects of the procedure, not on the process.

With this, a small nick in the vulvar skin which is more likely the same with male circumcision will be allowed. But those that will damage sexual fulfilment like pregnancy and childbirth should be totally banned according to the paper.

Female Genital Mutilation has always been part of the culture of some ethnic tribes like some of the African, Middle East and Asian countries.