Midwest ‘Christian’ Doctor Removes 3-Year-Old Girl’s Clitoris To Prevent Masturbating (DETAILS)

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Think female genital mutilation (FGM) doesn’t happen in America? “In 1947, when I was just three years old a doctor removed my clitoris,” Dr. Renee Bergstrom writes in The Guardian. She then goes on with her sad story:

‘Female genital mutilation is mostly associated with African cultures, and non-Christian religions, but my FGM happened in white, Midwest America. It took place in a church clinic that used a scalpel on girls who masturbated.’

The 72-year-old survivor of female genital mutilation recalls “the excruciating pain and feeling betrayed.” Her suffering was increased by the need to keep it secret.

‘I was told not to talk about it, but keeping the secret meant I was alone with my questions as I grew into puberty: what was missing? What would it be like to be “whole?”’

When she was 15, Renee Bergstrom checked in with the same “Christian” clinic that performed her female genital mutilation to ask about a “tugging sensation.” Even though the doctor knew full well she lacked a clitoris with which to feel sexual pleasure, he shamed her by handing her a booklet titled, “The Sin of Self-Pleasuring.”

But female genital mutilation doesn’t merely inflict pain and deprive a woman of her ability to fully experience sex, it’s a major health hazard. According to a fact sheet from the World Health Organization (WHO);

‘Female genital mutilation includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”

On top of the severe pain, heavy bleeding, fever, infections, shock, and death that may immediately follow, there are also long-term effects. These include psychological issues, increased risk of vaginal and urinary tract infections, painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and severe complications in childbirth.

As Renee Bergstrom notes, giving birth to her children proved to be a harrowing and near-deadly experience.

‘My first child and I could have died – an almost universal impact of FGM is difficulty giving birth. I, like so many women around the world, did not know genital scar tissue does not stretch. I wanted to be fully awake to experience giving birth, but my obstetrician performed an extensive episiotomy under anaesthetic that took months to heal. He was compassionate and shocked to hear the origin of my scar.’

The pain and discomfort continued until Renee Bergstrom reached menopause and the scar separated on its own. She is now 72 years old. With the support of her husband, friends, and her family, she has healed herself through her art and through her work with other women who’ve experienced female genital mutilation.

So why is Renee Bergstrom speaking out now? While she doesn’t mention any person or political party by name, she does say this:

‘The impetus for my writing is concern regarding increased hatred and disrespect toward women, other cultures and religions – as if Christians in the United States had a flawless history.’

Female genital mutilation is most common in Northern Africa, Central Africa, and in the Middle East. But Newsweek reports the number of women and girls at risk has doubled in the U.S. within the past decade.

‘More than half a million women and girls in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM in the U.S. or abroad, or have already undergone the procedure, including 166,173 under the age of 18.’

Fifty-five percent of these girls and women were of Egyptian, Ethiopian, or Somalian origin. Most of these cases of female genital mutilation are concentrated in eight states: California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

The reasons for this horrific surgery are deeply rooted in male chauvinist cultures that practice extreme violence towards women, and is all about controlling women and their sexuality. We like to think that here in the U.S. we’re not like that, but every day we’re presented with evidence to the contrary.

Watch: Dr. Renee Bergstrom tells her appalling story of female genital mutilation in “Christian” America.

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