***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Senate committee to take up bills outlawing female genital mutilation

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will be taking up legislation to ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Michigan.

Who:
Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge;
Dr. Lori Post, Ph.D., associate professor at Yale University School of Medicine and incoming director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics at Northwestern University;
Committee members; and
Concerned citizens.

When:
Tuesday, May 2 at 3 p.m.

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

What:
Senate Judiciary Committee will be taking up Senate Bills 337 and 338, which would ban the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Michigan. The bills would make the practice a felony crime punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.

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. Michigan would join at least 24 other states that have laws prohibiting the procedure.

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