Johanne Brownrigg has this piece up at MercatorNet. Certainly challenges what we consider to be “female-friendly” in our culture (abortion) as contrasted with cultures where they practice barbarism of other varieties (female genital mutilation).
I do see some substantive differences between abortion and female genital mutilation. We have a pretty hefty percentage of women, not girls, who take themselves to the abortion clinic. They are not under anyone’s thumb but their own. I’m not sure female genital mutilation is practiced with an eye to being freeing. Neither am I convinced that most women get abortions with an eye to sexual autonomy. (A fringe might see the abortion decision that way, but most women getting abortions are not doing so to please the patriarchy.)
But still, the culture gives us leeway to think abortion is freeing, good and what’s more, culturally acceptable and necessary. And so it is with female genital mutilation too.by