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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 167 Written : 10/31/94 11:23pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : RcA To : ALL Subj : EGYPT WILL NOT BAN FEMALE CIRCUMCISION EGYPT WILL NOT BAN FEMALE CIRCUMCISION During the recent U.N. conference on population control in Cairo, there was quite an uproar over the practice of female circumcision in Egypt. But according to the newspaper _Al-Akhbar_ there will be no move to ban the practice. On Wednesday, October 19, Egyptian Health Minister Ali Abdel-Fattah said that he would not work for a law banning the custom totally. He is, however, "considering" requiring that the procedure be done in hospitals. Currently, any one can perform the procedure, and it is most often done by midwives and barbers. Government hospitals and clinics are not allowed to do it. Up to 90 percent of the females in Egypt are circumcised. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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