Are U.S Doctors Practicing Female Genital Mutilation? - Equality Now

Are U.S Doctors Practicing Female Genital Mutilation?

Anti-FGM Activist Jaha Dukureh And Equality Now Urgently Need Your Help!

In May, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released guidelines that allow for vaginal cosmetic surgery, a form of female genital mutilation (FGM), to be performed on underage girls.

In the United States, cutting the labia of a girl under the age of 18 is illegal under anti-FGM laws unless there is a medical reason; except in a handful of cases there is rarely a medical reason. ACOG itself has stated that this surgery is often performed on girls with completely normal anatomy, who choose it because they fear that something is wrong with the way they look. 

We’ve partnered with Jaha and her organization, Safe Hands for Girls, once again to protect girls from FGM.


“As a survivor of FGM, I know that the physical and emotional scars last for life, and as the mother of a daughter I cannot stand by while other young girls in this country are subjected to a procedure with consequences they may not fully understand.”


This decision is a major setback to the great strides that the government, activists and health professionals have made to unequivocally end FGM. Equality Now was successful in 2010 in getting the American Academy of Pediatrics to reverse a policy that similarly justified FGM, and we know we can do the same with ACOG. 

We’ve partnered with Jaha and Safe Hands for Girls once again to protect girls from FGM. Please join us in calling on the ACOG to reverse these new guidelines.

Thank you for your support!