People who perform female genital mutilation on a minor could face criminal and civil penalties if a bill now in the state senate becomes law.
Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves removal or injury to female genital organs for nonmedical reasons. It is a cultural procedure for young girls more commonly practiced in some African countries but instances of it in the U.S. are increasing among immigrants.
“Unfortunately, I am told by members of the community that not only licensed health professionals are involved, but others that are not subject to those license requirements are also involved in this practice in our state,” said state senator Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), who sponsored the bill.
Read more here.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense