Female Genital Mutilation

The AAFP supports legislation to eliminate the performance of female genital mutilation in the United States and to protect young girls and women at risk of undergoing the procedure.

Family physicians who are requested to perform female genital mutilation on a patient should refuse, and provide culturally sensitive counseling to educate the patient and her family members about the negative health consequences of the procedure and discourage them from having the procedure performed. Where possible, physicians should refer the patient to social support groups that can help them cope with changing societal mores. (1998) (2010 COD)