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First UK prosecution for female genital mutilation raises concerns among doctors.

BMJ. 2014 Mar 27;348:g2424. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g2424.

First UK prosecution for female genital mutilation raises concerns among doctors.

Dyer C.

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Obstetricians have said that the first prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United Kingdom could lead doctors to fear criminal charges if they carry out repairs to stop post-birth bleeding in women who have previously been subjected to the illegal procedure, which has been a specific crime in the UK since 1985.

The first prosecution for the offence has been launched against a doctor who, the Crown Prosecution Service alleges, “repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the patient, allegedly carrying out FGM himself,”1 after a patient had given birth…

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