He also said that you "cannot control people" and people will travel overseas for the procedure. "It might be needed for one person and not another, and it has to be done by a doctor and practised in a safe environment", Dr Selim told RTÉ's Prime Time.
"It's the same medical reasons that justify male circumcision, it's not an obligation but it should be allowed by law if needed and a medical doctor should be able to decide if it's needed".
"Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and death, said the executive directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)..."
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FGM has been carried out on an estimated 200 million girls around the world, including almost 6,000 in Ireland. We see female circumcision in the same way we see male circumcision.
"It is always been portrayed as "horrible" or "barbaric" or "mutilation" and is portrayed as a dark-skin practice or from the dark ages", he said.
"In Europe people want to be cool so you have to show a revolutionary attitude, it's an inherited practice".
"If it's inherited it doesn't have to be rejected, it has to be considered and not rejected just because it's inherited", he said.
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He also said that there is nothing preventing people from going overseas to have the procedure carried out. The #MeTooFGM campaign was organised by Irish citizen and FGM survivor Ifrah Ahmed.
"I'm not an advocate of female genital mutilation but I am an advocate of female circumcision".
"It is unbelievable really".
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