Mayo Clinic Fires Islamic Doc for FGM

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MAYO CLINIC fires Female Genital Mutilation-supporting Muslim pediatrician

Dr. Elhagaly is no longer employed or caring for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. We are working with his patients to transition their care to another physician. Female circumcision in children, referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes, is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo Clinic facility.

CHANGE (H/T Don L) Hatem Elhagaly (AKA “Hatem Al Haj”) worked as a doctor in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Albert Lea, MN. His special interests are in child development.

He is also a proponent of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

In an Arabic-language paper entitled “Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine” (original here and here), Elhagaly (AKA “Al Haj”) repeatedly points to the idea that FGM is “an honor” for women, ignoring FGM’s extremely detrimental effects on women’s health and the barbarity of the practice. He attempts to justify his ideas by referencing scholars from several schools of Islamic thought and also the words of Muhammad, including the idea that FGM is desirable “because it is more beautiful to behold and better for her husband.”

Hatem Elhagaly was taking care of young girls in Albert Lea, MN. We cannot entrust our children’s medical care to a man who supports horrific, brutal, and illegal mutilatory practices.

Learn more about him at his website where he says, “Some websites known for their Islamophobia have been waging a campaign against me because of statements I made regarding female circumcision, known as female genital cutting, (and many unjustifiably insist on calling all of its forms, female genital mutilation.”

Hatem Elhagaly is already gone from his job at the Mayo Clinic. I now demand that the various medical boards that support him revoke his certifications.


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One Response to Mayo Clinic Fires Islamic Doc for FGM

  1. upaces88 says:

    Just fire him? He should be in prison for crimes against humanity or at the very least assault against a minor female.
    This is abominable!!!


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