For the first time in the U.S., a doctor is charged with female genital mutilation. Here’s how the law came to be

Even more than two decades later, Harry Reid is haunted by the video an activist told him to watch.

Men grabbed a little girl in a white dress at a celebration in Egypt, then spread her legs and pulled out a cutting instrument. Blood pooled beneath her.

“I can still see it in my mind’s eye, right now,” said Reid, now 77.

Back then, as a second-term U.S. senator, he was so horrified by the image that he took up the fight against female genital mutilation and authored a law criminalizing it. Read more here: