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With US Federal FGM Law Struck Down, Attention Shifts to States

When a U.S. district judge last month ruled a federal ban on female genital mutilation unconstitutional, he undercut the federal government and alarmed anti-FGM activists, who hope to eradicate the practice. The World Health Organization calls FGM, also known as female circumcision, a human rights violation of women and girls, with no health benefits. Some 200 million women and girls around the world, mainly in Africa, have experienced FGM, the WHO says. In his opinion, Judge...

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