Published On: Thu, Feb 5th, 2015

British court acquits doctor charged with country’s first FGM offense

Students and teachers of the Midwifery School in El Fasher, North Darfur. They all recently signed a pledge to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in Darfur. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID.

Students and teachers of the Midwifery School in El Fasher, North Darfur. They all recently signed a pledge to stop the practice of female genital mutilation in Darfur. Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID.

A doctor charged in Britain’s first prosecution for female genital mutilation has been acquitted. “A jury deliberated for less than half an hour Wednesday before finding 32-year-old doctor Dhanuson Dharmasena not guilty. A second man, Hasan Mohamed, was cleared of abetting the offence…Defense lawyer Zoe Johnson said Dharmasena had been “made a scapegoat” for shortcomings by the hospital, which failed to identify that the woman had undergone genital mutilation as a child in Somalia.” (AP http://yhoo.it/1DyFrfZ)

A new study says the vast majority of unwanted pregnancies every year could be avoided if women had access to modern contraception. The findings appear in the online version of Human Reproduction. (VOA http://bit.ly/1DG3RV4)

Norway will cut its emissions of global warming gases by at least 40 percent by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union, the government said Wednesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/1DyEuEl)

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