Recently, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Michigan.
The legislative package makes it a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, to perform female genital mutilation or knowingly transport a girl to have FGM performed. I sponsored this legislation alongside Sen. Rick Jones, Sen. Margaret O’Brien, and Sen. Judy Emmons.
We should be doing everything in our power to protect these young girls. In addition to the individuals actually performing the procedure, somebody is bringing the victims in and, tragically, it is often someone who should be loving and protecting that child, not subjecting them to this type of brutality.
Senate Bills 337, 338, 368 and 369 will ensure that anyone performs this heinous procedure, or who transports an innocent girl to have this procedure carried out faces justice.
The bills stem from a recent case in which Michigan-based doctors were arrested and charged under federal law for allegedly conspiring to perform FGM on minors, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. All of the bills are currently before the House of Representatives for consideration.