It is astonishing and literally unbelievable that this editorial
needed to be written. How is it possible that female genital mutilation was banned in the U.S. in 1996 - a mere 14 years ago?? And why did it require banning? Who need laws
saying that people shouldn't jump off the roofs of tall buildings? Or laws
saying not to serve the kids dinner in the middle of Interstate 80? (Wasn't that exactly why George Carlin's "present" for the kids was so funny?!) And did the American Academy of Pediatrics really consider for one nanosecond that nicking female genitalia would be useful in some way? Forgive me because it sounds ridiculous to point this out, but if male genitalia were the subject, there would be no discussion of this and would never have been. And don't try to sell cultural or political or medical or social or any-adjective-al rationale or logic about this.