Doctor Fired From Mayo Clinic for Advocating Female Genital Mutilation

 

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A campaign against female genital mutilation – a road sign near , Uganda. עברית: .מאבק נגד מילת נשים - שלט הסברה בצד הכביש, ליד קפצ'ורווה, אוגנדה (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Hatem Elhagaly who was employed as a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, Minnesota specializing in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has been fired from his job due to his alleged advocacy of female circumcision (also known as Female Genital Mutilation).

 

Female Genital Mutilation is a child abuse crime in the United States and is classified as a felony. The procedure has no known benefits to female children or women but can cause a host of health issues including urinary difficulties, infertility, childbirth complications, cysts, bleeding and infections.

With regards to Dr. Elhagaly and Female Genital Mutilation, the Mayo Clinic stated:

Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Because this is a personnel issue, we cannot comment further on Dr. Elhagaly’s employment status. Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility.

For his part, Dr. Elhagaly a.k.a. Hatem Alhaj disputes the assertion that he is a proponent of Female Genital Mutilation.
Dr. Elhagaly states that he has always condemned the practice and spoken out strongly against it. The Dr. further claims that his writings have been taken out of context and that what was perceived as support for Female Genital Mutilation was nothing more than his explanation that a far less severe form of the practice referred to as the “Ritual Nick” was medically harmless. Dr. Elhagaly says on his website that he has always advised fellow Muslims against having any form of  Female Genital Mutilation performed due to the illegality of it as well as the fact that it is not mandatory according to most Muslim scholars.

Dr. Elhagaly states:

I have always condemned Female Genital Mutilation FGM. Moreover I have unequivocally spoken out in lectures and in writing against all harmful forms of Female Genital Cutting FGC, justifiably known as FGM, and condemned these harmful practices. I have also taught that nothing in Islamic Law and religious texts supports this crime, and in fact, it is repugnant to Islamic principles and values to inflict such trauma and suffering on any female. The severest forms of this practice are akin to killing in Islamic Law.

 

The complete text of the doctor’s rebuttal can be read here

 

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