“Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women). For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. Bazr) of the clitoris." -- Page 59, Umdat al-Salik (“Reliance of the Traveler”), a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified as "reliable" by Egypt's very own Al-Azhar University
But Obama's U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released this "fact sheet" about clitoridectomies (female genital mutiliation).
“Although many people believe that FGC is associated with Islam, it is not. FGC is not supported by any religion and is condemned by many religious leaders,”
“No religious text requires or even supports cutting female genitals. In fact, Islamic Shari'a protects children and protects their rights.”
Muslims in America are practicing clitoridectomies.
At least some Muslims justify it based on religious freedom and, in at least one state in which anti-FGM legislation is currently working its way through the legislative process, one legislator reports receiving a phone call from a Muslim constituent urging her to oppose the legislation as ‘a conspiracy against the Muslim community.’ ”(more here.)
We successfully beat back and defeated a sharia-compliant proposal by the American Academy of Pediatrics to change a longstanding policy concerning the practice of clitorectomies in Islamic culture. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that American doctors be given permission to perform a "ceremonial nick” on girls from Islamic countries.
This story shows the human cost of this accommodation to evil.
Suhair al-Bata’a, 13, died while she was being circumcised in a town north east of Cairo. (Photo courtesy of Egypt Independent)
A 13-year-old Egyptian girl has died while being circumcised at a private village in the Daqahliya governorate north east of Cairo, Egyptian media reported on Sunday.
“We left our daughter with the doctor and the nurse. 15 minutes later, the nurse took my daughter out of the operation room to a nearby room, along with three other girls whom the doctor was circumcising,” Mohammed Ibrahim, a farmer, told al-Masry al-Youm.
“I waited half an hour, hoping that my daughter would wake up, but, unfortunately, unlike the rest of the girls, she did not,” he said.
The doctor who circumcised Suhair al-Bata’a had previously circumcised the victim’s elder sister two years ago.
“I want nothing but to hold the doctor accountable and to have justice for my daughter,” the victim’s mother, Hasanat Naeem Fawzy, told the newspaper.
The police summoned the doctor and ordered an autopsy to find out the cause of the young girl’s death.
A health inspector report explained the cause of the death was due to “a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma,” the family’s lawyer, Abdel Salam, told al-Masry al-Youm.
Egypt's National Council for Women condemned the deadly incident of female circumcision as a criminal act that reflects "extreme savagery," calling on the government to investigate the issue and punish the culprits.
UNICEF Egypt has also condemned the incident, saying female circumcision has no justification, medical or religious.
Abdel Wahab Suleiman, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health in Daqahliya, who said that the Health Directorate had not yet been notified of the incident, described Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as against the law.
In 1996, Egypt criminalized FGM; however, many families still bring their daughters to be illegally circumcised. In 2009, Egyptian authorities arrested a man for the first time since FGM’s ban was introduced. The man was arrested for his illegal circumcision of an eleven-year-old girl in the governorate of Minya, 600 kilometers south of Cairo.