It is difficult to imagine that anyone in the twenty-first century would defend the heinous practice of female genital mutilation on public television.

Yet on Fox News program Tucker Carlson Tonight Dr. Fuambai Ahmadu euphemistically labeled FGM "gender egalitarian surgeries" and suggested it is no more devastating than male circumcision. Her comments were sought because of the topical case of three doctors who recently performed illegal FGM procedures on two seven-year-old girls in the United States.

Ahmadu would be well advised to look deeper into the effects of such procedures rather than to simply dismiss it as a religious practice comparable to male circumcision.

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