Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Conduct and release report on girls affected by female genital mutilation to stop this procedure
Female genital mutilation is exactly what it sounds. The procedure is performed on little girls to keep them pure when they get married, and prevent them from cheating on their spouses. This procedure has no medical benefit, and instead has dire consequences for the woman. Unfortunately this practice still continues in the United States even though its risks are well documented. You can stop this from happening by signing this petition.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is defined by the World Health Organization as “the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genitalia organs for non-medical reasons.” These types of procedures vary, from having the clitoris removed, to having the entire genitalia sewn shut to prevent the loss of virginity. Many have been known to die from blood loss, and those who do survive experience complications with menstruation, sex, arousal, and pregnancy. These women typically have the procedure done to them when they are too young to understand and the United Nations considers FGM a human rights violation.
Unfortunately, many associate FGM as something that happens in far away lands. This is not the case. FGM exists in the United States and affects many of our little girls and teenagers. In an effort to abolish this practice, President Obama and his administration should conduct research as to how many girls are affected by this procedure. This report should be released to the general public to promote awareness of this problem.
If you believe that women have a right to decide what happens to their body and to experience intercourse, sign this petition.
Dear President Barack Obama,
I am writing to ask that your administration conduct research on the number of girls and teenagers affected by female genital mutilation. While I understand that this procedure traditionally takes place in developing countries, the United States is a diverse group of people with different ideals and cultures.
While I understand that female genital mutilation is considered a tradition in many cultures, it is a harmful tradition. Such traditions should be done away with, especially since the United Nations considers FGM a violation of human rights. I am urging you to get this research done immediately as a way to promote awareness about this topic. Our girls should have every right to their bodies.
[Your Name Here]
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