A rise in the number of immigrants allowed into the country has paved the road for a massive spike in a disgusting Islamic practice and is costing taxpayers unknown amounts of money for having to treat its victims.
As Muslim communities in the nation grow, so do the number of women being forced to undergo female circumcision, or female genital mutilation (FGM) as it’s often called, according to a report from the Population Reference Bureau. Over the past decade, the number of women who have had the procedure, or are at risk of having it, has more than doubled, despite the fact the barbaric practice has been outlawed in America since 1996.
According to the report titled “Women and Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States,” there were 507,000 women in the United States who had undergone or were at risk of the sick procedure. The group found that the number more than doubled from 2000, when an estimated 228,000 women and girls were at risk. The New York Timesquotes numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying the number has nearly tripled since 1997, although they don’t cite specifics in their piece.
“More and more health providers are going to be taking care of women who’ve undergone F.G.M./C,” said Dr. Nawal Nour, director of the African Women’s Health Center in Boston.
The influx of African Muslim immigrants has caused the sharp increase in cases where women have been put at risk. Between 2000 and 2013, America’s African immigrant population doubled from 881,000 to 1.8 million, according to the report.
As the Daily Caller notes, pressure from men and women within extended families in Muslim communities is what allows the practice to continue. In war torn and conflict-ridden cultures, it’s used as a means to control young women and force them into arranged marriages, which they believe helps the survival of their family groups under the strain of conflict.
The procedure is backed by Muslim immigrants and advocates in America. In 2012, a Muslim doctor at the Mayo Clinic said the practice was an “honor” for women in Muslim communities. The doctor was also a senior member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America and was later fired by his American supervisors.
FGM is a horrific practice that removes either a portion or all of a woman’s clitoris and repositions the labia to form a seal with a small opening, according to the Times. It’s done to eliminate any pleasure a woman can derive from having sex, and is a widespread practice in Muslim communities abroad.
The procedure is often done without anesthesia, causing it to be excruciatingly painful. It has no medical benefits whatsoever and can pose a serious risk to the woman’s health as well as complications later during pregnancy.
Aside from being illegal in America, a law was passed in 2013 which outlawed sending women abroad to have the procedure done. However, many families, facing pressure from foreign relatives, disregard the law and send women back to their home countries to be mutilated.
Here in the United States, doctors have been treating mutilated women at public care facilities for decades, especially in immigration hubs such as New York, Denver, and Seattle, costing taxpayers an untold amount of money.
While traditions will undoubtedly vary among different cultures, this is one that needs to be stopped across the world. Chalk it up to another savage act from the “religion of peace” that unnecessarily puts women through excruciating pain.
While the Christian God tells us that we are His perfect creation, Allah requires some modifications on his design.
—Courtesy of Mad World News