Pro-abortion forces that are so transfixed on preserving the status quo that they overlook statutory rape in our own country might want to avert their hyper-focus to help combat a truly inhumane custom practiced in other nations that was shown in disturbing photos in the Washington Post today.
The tragedy of female genital mutilation (FGM) was captured in horrifying pictures that should be burned into the brain of anyone who wants to protect women worldwide from oppressive practices and rituals based in ignorance and male domination.
Often forgotten is that the battles fought in Afghanistan and Iraq have led to an expanding emancipation of women, and the fight must continue against a pending backlash. Ancient incomprehensible "traditions" -- based on false interpretations by certain Muslim clerics and perpetuated merely because "that's how it's always been" -- are leaving young women scarred for life both physically and mentally.
Here is a link to the story and the unforgettable photos of a 7-year-old girl before, during, and after she is tricked into entering the home of a practitioner of this barbaric act. She thinks she is going to a party, but instead is robbed of her innocence. Image number 7 will haunt you.
Any pro-life feminist will tell you that FGM, pornography, "honor killings," and abortion are just some of the ways that patriarchal societies try to oppress women and their life-giving abilities in order to dominate and control.
If NOW and NARAL and their ilk spent half as much time combatting this unspeakable act as they do trying to preserve other unspeakable acts (like partial-birth abortion), they might help put an end to the physical and mental suffering of these helpless young women.