LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones has accepted an invitation to speak at the University of Oxford in England on Michigan’s efforts to stop female genital mutilation (FGM).
“I’m honored to speak at Oxford University on such an important topic,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This horrific act of barbarism is an attack on women and a violation of human rights. Michigan has made great progress in outlawing this evil procedure that harms women for the rest of their lives.”
The director of the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, invited Jones to participate in a workshop on FGM on Friday, March 9.
“In Michigan, there was a case where little girls as young as 6 years old were mutilated by local doctors,” Jones said. “When Michigan got tough on doctors and people involved with female genital mutilation, the whole world was watching.”
Included in Public Acts 68-79 of 2017 were measures to ban the practice of FGM in Michigan and make the practice a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Jones said that no tax dollars will be spent for his travel to England.