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Female Genital Mutilation in U.S. sparks warnings
by Paul Crompton
Female Genital Mutilation may be rampant among some immigrant communities in the United States, activists have warned, but experts say the ritual may not be as common as is thought.
A report issued in early 2013 said the females in in the United States "face a very real and imminent danger" of having the procedure performed on them, although mostly cites "anecdotal evidence" regarding the procedures taking place on American soil.
The report also blamed community members, social-service providers and law-enforcement bodies, and even some U.S. health care providers, whom sometimes "do not want to question their patients' cultural practices" and will perform a limited version of the procedure involving small incisions in the clitoral hood.
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