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Female Genital Cutting: Affecting Girls in the US? Taina Bien-Aime on ABC World News (VIDEO)

June 16, 2010

In April, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement that suggested US doctors in certain communities could complete a ritual pricking of the clitoris in place of cultural genital mutilation. Following the responses of advocacy groups and survivors of genital mutilation, the AAP rescinded the statement on May 27, 2010. The safety of girls is still in question, however, as thousands of American girls are sent overseas to to have this procedure completed, sometimes in unsanitary conditions and without anesthesia. Legislation that would make these trips illegal has been introduced in Congress. ABC World News with Diana Sawyer interviewed Progressive Women's Voices alumna Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of Equality Now, about this pricking ritual being conducted in the United States. Bien-Aime said the AAP's policy statement would "perpetuate genital mutilation, there is no other way around it". Watch video of Bien-Aime below and check her out on CNN's coverage of  the banned video game that promotes rape: "RapeLay".