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British government to outlaw genital cosmetic surgery under FGM Act


Last week, the home affairs selected committee has called on the British government to expand the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act to cover cosmetic procedures that have no medical purpose. The government has replied that the 2003 act already does not contain any exemption for cosmetic surgery and therefore there is no need to amend the act.

Last week, the home affairs selected committee has called on the British government to expand the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act to cover cosmetic procedures that have no medical purpose. The government has replied that the 2003 act already does not contain any exemption for cosmetic surgery and therefore there is no need to amend the act. Already in December, Home Secretary Theresa May warned doctors who carry out “designer vagina” cosmetic surgery that they could be committing a criminal offence. Cosmetic genital operations include procedures to reduce the size of the labia, tighten the vagina, and increase the size of the “g-spot”. They have become increasingly popular in the past few years, with official data showing that the number of labia reductions provided on the NHS has risen five-fold in a decade, with more than 2,000 in 2010. While these numbers are for the operations provided for medical necessities, operations for purely cosmetic reasons are generally done in private clinics. Last week the chairman of the committee justified the request of its committee by saying: “We cannot tell communities in Sierra Leone and Somalia to stop a practice which is freely permitted on Harley Street (London)”.

But is genital cosmetic surgery really the same as FGM?

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