D.C. Council Considers Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation – The Washington Informer

D.C. Council

Congress passed the STOP FGM Act of 2020 on December 16 2021 and then-President Trump signed it into law on January 5 2021.

Ward 3 D.C. Council-member Mary Cheh has authored a bill that would ban female genital mutilation in the District.

Cheh’s bill, “The Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition Act of 2021” would stop the practice of mutilating and cutting female reproductive organs. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) usually occurs among women in Muslim-oriented countries. In a letter to Nyasha Smith, secretary of the council, in filing the bill on Nov. 19, 2021, Cheh wrote “FGM/C has no valid medical purpose and causes extensive, lifelong harm to the physical wellbeing of our young women.”
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