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Lawyer Plans Religious Right Defense In Female Genital Mutilation Case

Of course, they were going to claim it is their constitutional right based on religious freedom. However, in these particular cases, it is not the expressed wishes of the individual receiving the permanent mutilation. The right of religious freedom does not extend to the physical harm of others. A bunch of ambulances chasers trying to make this an issue that gains them notoriety, but has absolutely nothing to do with the right of religious expression.

So if your religion says it’s ok to kill gays, is that ok, too? No, we have standards of conduct that religion can not stop. If this is not abuse, what is? Let’s call it what it actually is, mutilation.

TDC: Lawyers defending the Michigan doctors charged with female genital mutilation in April plan to argue that the practice is a religious right in the upcoming trial.

Defense lawyers will try to show that the doctors did not actually cut the young girls’ vagina, but nicked them instead, reports the Independent.

“Will jurors have an initial bias on what happened here? They probably will. But most jurors will really want to do what’s right,” Mary Chartier, a defense lawyer for one of the Michigan doctors, explained. “I think we can convince 12 people that they did not violate the law. They just didn’t commit the crime.”

Two Detroit, Mich. doctors and one of their wives were charged with conspiracy, female genital mutilation and aiding and abetting. The young girls they mutilated now have scarring on their clitorises and minor labias, court documents maintain. More

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