Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is illegal in most Western states, and is illegal by law if not by practice in many African and Asian countries as well. Denmark, however, has taken the prohibitions a step further, by making it illegal for parents to have this procedure performed on their children–even if it happens outside of Denmark.
The Copenhagen Post reports the first challenge to this law, from an immigrant couple who sent two of their daughters back to Sudan for circumcision. Besides the hypocrisy (Danes were bewildered when Muslim extremists insisted that the Danish Mohammed artists be tried in Jordan for “crimes” committed in Denmark), this brings up lots of questions of cultural practices versus plain misogyny, the difficulties of immigrant assimilation, etc.
What do you think? Should a country carry their law this far? Should the US?