Tell Cornell University: Stop Genital Mutilation Now
  • Petitioned David J. Skorton

This petition was delivered to:

President, Cornell University
David J. Skorton
Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College
Gerald M. Loughlin
Faculty Councils, Weill Cornell Medical College

Tell Cornell University: Stop Genital Mutilation Now

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      Washington, DC

Dr. Dix P. Poppas at Cornell University has for years been performing clitoral reductions (i.e. female genital mutilation) on young girls with "oversized" clitorises. While Poppas claims his surgery is "nerve-sparing" and makes the girls "normal" - in reality this is an unsafe procedure that certainly has long-lasting traumatic effects on the young girls.

Tell Cornell University and Medical School to stop sanctioning this procedure, clarify their position on female genital mutilation (FGM), and take actions against the Dr. Poppas and any associates who are peddling mutilation as medicine.

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    1. Female Genital Mutilation Performed at Cornell University

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has appeared in the form of "corrective surgery" at a premier American hospital. While we lambaste the practice abroad, some doctors are justifying its use and performing FGM in the United States.
      In 1997, it was...


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