I was seeing my own patients in my New York office when I read the news that elsewhere in the United States, another woman physician, Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, was charged in federal court for performing female genital mutilation on two girls as young as 7 in a medical clinic in Livonia, Michigan, outside Detroit. Authorities suspect the Henry Ford Hospital emergency physician had been secretly performing these brutal procedures since 2005, impacting many more children. Henry Ford Hospital has placed the physician on administrative leave while she is on bail. (She is alleged to have performed these procedures at a clinic, not at a Ford facility.)
As a physician in whom my patients place their trust, I am sickened. More importantly, I am enraged, and you should be too.
The United States designates female genital mutilation a federal crime (the literal butchering of a woman or girl's female genitalia) for good reason. Tragically Michigan is one of 26 states that have failed to enact laws against the practice.