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Female Genital Cutting

Female genital cutting (FGC), sometimes called female circumcision or female genital mutilaion, means cutting, removing, or sewing closed all or part of a girl’s or woman’s external genitals for no medical reason. FGC is often a part of the culture in countries where it is practiced. But FGC has no health benefits and can cause long-term health problems. FGC is against the law in Michigan. It is important that people learn about female genital cutting and ways to support women and girls who might be at risk or have experienced the procedure. View the video below to learn more about FGC, where it is practiced, how many girls are affected and what can be done about it.


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