Kenyan Doctor Petitions for FGM to Be Legalized

ICC Note

There is a doctor in Kenya, Tatu Kamau, who is now petitioning for the legalization of Female genital mutilation. This act, which is illegal in most countries around the world, is a traditional practice that often hurts or even kills young girls and women. Kenya made the practice illegal in 2011 due to the high risk of health issues and mortality rate. Dr. Kamau, however, is arguing that women should be allowed to perform this procedure if they so desire. Most of the time these procedures are conducted, however, it is not because the female wants it, but because her family or society wants it. We pray that the practice remains illegal. 

01/24/2018 Kenya (AllAfrica) “I think that even for the decision of female circumcision, a woman can make that decision. And once she has made that decision, she should be able to access the best medical care to have it done.”

A Kenyan doctor is seeking to legalise female genital mutilation (FGM), arguing that a ban on the internationally condemned practice is unconstitutional and that adult women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies.

Tatu Kamau filed a petition in the Machakos High Court in eastern Kenya on Wednesday claiming that women are being harassed and arrested for undergoing FGM.

“If women can decide to drink, to smoke, women can join the army, women can do all sorts of things that might bring them harm or injury, and yet they are allowed to make that decision,” Kamau told Kenya Television News (KTN).

“I think that even for the decision of female circumcision, a woman can make that decision. And once she has made that decision, she should be able to access the best medical care to have it done.”

 

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