Protect American Girls From Female Genital Mutilation

Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

Goal: Stop female genital mutilation on American-born girls from families that have emigrated from regions that still participate in this dangerous practice.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the act of cutting a young girl’s genitalia, a practice culturally found in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. While federal law prohibits FGM on U.S. soil, some families opt to send girls abroad to be cut, a practice known as “vacation cutting.” According to the Population Reference Bureau, Minnesota has the highest rate of at-risk girls with over 80 per 10,000 female residents. This endangers American-born girls from families who have recently emigrated from regions that participate in FGM.

Many believe FGM guards a woman’s honor, curbs her sexual appetite or brings her family luck. Instead, FGM brings a life of pain to survivors during sex and menstruation, as well as a host of other medical problems, including emotional trauma, infertility, frequent bladder infections and complications during childbirth. To these newly emigrated families, FGM is a rite of passage for young girls, and assimilating into a new country and culture does not erase preconceived notions and ancient traditions. Only eight states have specific laws that prohibit vacation cutting, although upward of 500,000 American girls are at risk.

FGM and vacation cutting must be stopped. Speak up to prohibit these practices in Minnesota and encourage other states to do the same.


Dear Governor Dayton,

Female genital mutilation is a practice that cuts young girls in the name of purity and it must be stopped. Although FGM is typically found throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa, over 500,000 American girls are at risk. Federal law prohibits FGM on U.S. soil, but “vacation cutting,” the practice of sending young girls abroad to be cut, is still prevalent throughout the United States.

Eight states have added their own laws to protect at-risk girls. Minnesota has the highest rate of at-risk girls, according to the Population Reference Bureau, but does not have an additional state law to prevent vacation cutting. American girls who are considered at-risk are typically born in the United States and belong to families who have roots in cultures who participate in FGM.

The effects of FGM are traumatic and severely affect women’s health long term. Survivors often face lifelong pain during menstruation and sex, as well as infertility, frequent bladder infections and complications during childbirth.

FGM is done to guard a woman’s honor, control her sexual desire or even bring her family luck. In reality, FGM is a human rights violation that must be prevented. Add Minnesota to the list of states willing to double down and protect American girls from FGM.


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  1. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    Female Genital Mutilation, formerly called Female Circumcision, destroys a woman’s sex organs…it surgically removes her clitoris, so she can never receive enjoyment from sex; it surgically removes the pudenda and what is left is sewn together, leaving ONLY a small hole for the urine and menstrual blood to escape. To deliver a baby, she must have a doctor or midwife who is familiar with this atrocity, and who knows when to “cut the scar” so the baby can be delivered.
    There is NOTHING about this in the Koran: it is an old tribal tradition which now many people in the Middle East believe IS required by their religion, but that is not true.
    THE main purpose of this to destroy the woman’s enjoyment of sex, to keep her subservient to her husband.

  2. Czerny A. says:

    Another example of male psychosis. Most of the world’s woes are caused by men and their need to dominate and subjugate by violence. The equivalent of FGM is the removal of the glans penis; so will that bring luck to a family of morons?

  3. Robert Sobsey says:

    Human Ignorance is rampant

  4. Elizabeth Goudge says:

    Sick of this barbarism, invented to prevent men with ” bedroom issues” from feeling inadequate .Anyone found being involved with this abhorrent practice needs to be jailed for a minimum of 30 years, or lobotomised. Anyone doing this in the name of some deity needs to ask themselves why this deity chose to bestow parts of anatomy, only to have them hacked away by mindless savages. But then self-examination requires a conscience and an intellect.

  5. This is pure barbarism.
    NO RELIGION asks that young girls’ clitorises be cut off with a razor blades.
    MARK DAYTON, MINNESOTA Governor: You are aware of this. Use your platform and STOP IT.

  6. anyone that would mutilate another human being should be put in prison for life without parole !!!!!

  7. Gene Sengstake says:

    FGM is one of the most despicable cruelties that can be perpetrated upon any human being and punishment for this abomination whether performed in or outside the United States upon one of it’s citizens must be dealt with in the harshest manner possible. Parents/relatives/anyone who enables or pursues FGM for any female – regardless of age – should expect to be deported or imprisoned indefinitely. Anyone with knowledge of a potential FGM and failing to act to prevent said mutilation should also be prosecuted. Simply put – the decent people of the US cannot allow this to happen – period – not to any young girl not only in this country – but anywhere in the world. Whatever steps must be taken to stop this atrocity on young females – need to be undertaken. Any culture – religion – or belief that FGM is a desireable thing to be done – is sick – truly sick – – –

  8. TAMARA BRAGG says:

    Unbelievable that human beings could even think of such a horrible thing to do to a human being. My reasons for hating human beings grows longer and longer.

  9. Barbaric traditions. Stop that

  10. but doing it to a baby boy is ok with you people? what is wrong with this country!?

  11. Karen Remnant says:

    Child abuse hiding behind ‘tradition and culture’! Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law! Then mutilate them!

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