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French Clinic Takes on Centuries-old Scourge

The young women come in for contraception, or because it’s their first pregnancy.  Many don’t even know they were victims of a painful and sometimes deadly practice that may have happened long before puberty. “They find out during their first gynaecological examination,” says midwife Elodie Edmont about female genital mutilation, or FGM. “They’ll say it’s not possible, because they were born in France.” Edmont is speaking from a new women’s center outside Paris, one of the few in...

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