***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Senate committee to take up bills banning the transporting of girls for female genital mutilation

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY will take up legislation to ban the transportation of girls for a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure.

Who:
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge;
Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, sponsor of Senate Bill 368;
Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, sponsor of SB 369;
Committee members; and
Concerned citizens.

When:
TODAY, Tuesday, May 9 at 3 p.m.

Where:
Binsfeld Office Building
Room 1300
201 Townsend St.
Lansing

What:
Senate Judiciary Committee will be taking up Senate Bills 368 and 369, which would ban the transportation of girls for a female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. The bills would make the crime a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FGM refers to cutting and other procedures that injure the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The department states federal law prohibits anyone in the country from knowingly circumcising, excising or infibulating the genitals of any child under 18 years of age.

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