Advocates push for anti-female genital mutilation law; Mass. one of 15 states without protections

Beacon Hill lawmakers and advocates seeking to end the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting were anxiously awaiting the Joint Committee on the Judiciary’s imminent report of proposed legislation on Thursday, which would indicate if bills targeting the practice would move forward in this legislative session.

The deadline for all bills to be reported under Joint Rule 10 is Feb. 5, but some at the Statehouse said this proposed legislation might come out sooner.

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