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The Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 (c. 38) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It made female genital cutting a crime throughout the UK.

No person was ever successfully prosecuted under the Act,[1] but a medical practitioner was stricken from the Medical Register in 1993 for having performed the procedure.[2] The Act was replaced by the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 respectively, both of which extend the legislation to cover acts committed by UK nationals outside of the UK's borders.


  1. Kerbaj, Richard (16 March 2009). "Thousands of girls mutilated in Britain". Times Online.
  2. Black JA, Debelle GD (June 1995). "Female genital mutilation in Britain". BMJ 310 (6994): 1590–2. PMC 2549951. PMID 7787654.

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