By Andrea Bulgaria and Andrea RinaldiThe Associated Press| Written Monday, March 20, 2019 11:52:54The first time a Bulgarian woman was forced to have a clitoridectomy, she was horrified.
“I had never experienced anything like that,” said Elena Leshchikova.
Leshchih is one of several dozen women who have been publicly identified as having undergone female circumcision since Bulgaria adopted the procedure in 2000.
The surgery involves removing the external clitoris from the clitoral hood of a woman who has been married for five years and who also is pregnant.
It’s often done to relieve pain caused by childbirth, childbirth complications or trauma.
But women who undergo the procedure are sometimes not aware that they’re being subjected to a procedure that has long been considered illegal in the European Union.
It’s also unclear whether the procedure has any effect on female genital mutilation, or FGM, which involves cutting off the external labia or clitoris.
Leshchanova and her husband, who are in their 60s, are among thousands of women who say the procedure hurts, can cause pain and can cause mental and physical health problems.
Lefkowitz is the head of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health Affairs and Welfare.
The European Commission is the EU’s executive arm.
He did not respond to requests for comment.
In Bulgaria, which has one of the highest rates of FGM in Europe, the practice is legal, but it is often not followed up.
Lefkowits, the head a health clinic in the capital, Sofia, said the practice was rare and that it took two years to get a court order to make the surgery mandatory.
The procedure can also take weeks to complete and involves the removal of the entire labia minora and clitoris, which can be done for a total of two hours.
Lebenslagen, a clinic in Sofia’s historic central business district, said in a statement that only one out of 10 surgeries in Bulgaria is medically necessary.
The procedure was performed on a woman whose clitoris was removed at the age of 19 and was done by a doctor who had worked in Bulgaria for 20 years.
“This is a medical procedure, and it is very difficult to get in the country,” said Lefkebenslag.
Lekladytsa, a spokesman for Bulgaria’s Health Ministry, said no women had been denied surgery in the past year because of FMA.
But she said the government was working on expanding access to FMA, saying that it’s a “minor” health concern that was not discussed with the public.
The Bulgarian government is trying to create an online registry that will let women who wish to undergo surgery on the condition they don’t reveal the procedure.
The registry will also help women with medical questions or concerns to register their surgery requests.
The health ministry said it would also launch an awareness campaign for women who do not wish to have FMA procedures.
Lechnybene, the owner of the clinic in Bulgaria’s historic city of Bratislava, said she was proud of her staff who took care of the woman.
“It was the right thing to do,” she said.
“But we’re not the only ones who had to undergo it.
Many people who were forced to the surgery had been forced to do it before their wives.”
Some people have been in this situation before and didn’t know what was going on.