Female Genital Mutilation Prevalent in the United States

Incidents of female genital mutilation are increasing in the United States. Researchers and doctors in the Denver, Colorado area report that at least 6,000 immigrants from African countries that practice genital mutilation have moved to the area. “I know of one patient where it was clear it was performed in this country,” said Dr. Terry Dunn, director of a women’s clinic in Denver. Dunn sees mutilation cases approximately once every three months.

Colorado state Senator Dorothy Rupert, D-Boulder, is pushing a bill that would classify the practice as child abuse and would result in misdemeanor or felony charges. Rupert has proposed three similar bills in the past.

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AP - February 16, 1998

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