The group in question being none other than the American Pediatric Association.
In a controversial change to a longstanding policy concerning the practice of female circumcision in some African and Asian cultures, the American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting that American doctors be given permission to perform a ceremonial pinprick or “nick” on girls from these cultures if it would keep their families from sending them overseas for the full circumcision.
The academy’s committee on bioethics, in a policy statement last week, said some pediatricians had suggested that current federal law, which “makes criminal any nonmedical procedure performed on the genitals” of a girl in the United States, has had the unintended consequence of driving some families to take their daughters to other countries to undergo mutilation.
“It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm,” the group said.
This reminds me of an old shopworn argument for welfare: if we don't pay these people just to sit around, then they'll mug us! Not, of course, how about you--welfare recipient--worry over testing our limits and being grateful for the fruits of a civilized nation.
In similar fashion, we give Muslim pediatricians the okay to 'nick' an infant girl's genitals because, heaven forbid, these people might leave! What on earth would we possibly do without them? Can anybody even imagine the hell on earth that would be a society without people who want clitorectomies performed on their infant daughters? Has there even existed such a strange, utopian land where the question of what degree we would harm an infant girl's genitals never came up? Where? When?
Some questions it is not even within the mind of man to comprehend ...