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Public Health Reports Featured News: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: Updated Estimates of Women and Girls at Risk, 2012*

In 1996, the U.S. Congress passed legislation making female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) illegal in the United States. CDC published the first estimates of the number of women and girls at risk for FGM/C in 1997. Since 2012, various constituencies have again raised concerns about the practice in the United States. This article examines the number of women and girls in the United States who are at risk for FGM/C or its consequences.

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* Dr. Howard Goldberg, Dr. Paul Stupp, Dr. Ekwutosi Okoroh, Ms. Ghenet Besera, Dr. David Goodman, Dr. Isabella Danel; Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: Updated Estimates of Women and Girls at Risk, 2012. Public Health Rep March – April [Epub ahead of print January 14].