Female genital mutilation happens in Kentucky. We must ban this barbaric practice – Courier Journal

Julie Raque Adams (left) is a Kentucky state senator from Louisville; Amanda Parker (right) is the Senior Director at AHA Foundation, an organization supporting women at risk from harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, Jennifer (not pictured), who we are only identifying by first name to protect her privacy, is a survivor of female genital mutilation and lives in Kentucky.


On Aug.19, the Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare and Family Services heard testimony on female genital mutilation.

No one likes talking about genitals, especially the genitals of little girls, but the silence about female genital mutilation protects perpetrators and harms women and girls. That is why we — a senator, an activist, and a survivor — are speaking up about and fighting against this atrocity.

Female genital mutilation is any procedure involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical purposes. It is typically performed on girls between the ages of 4 and 14, often with a razor blade or pair of scissors, to ensure their virginity until marriage and curb their libido. In the most physically severe form, following removal of all external tissue possible, what remains of a girl’s vulva is sewn up, leaving only a small hole for menstruation and urination.

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3 Comments

  1. Diane Moder says:

    There used to be a U.S. Federal law against this, passed during the Clinton administration. With the passage of the federal law ban, the Female Genital Mutilation Act in 1996, performing FGM on anyone under age 18 became a felony in the United States. It was in effect until November 2018, when a judge ruled that it must be passed individually by the states to make it legal. I commend Kentucky on passing this vital legislation into law. May it become a strong law in all 50 states of the United States.

  2. Melissa Knox says:

    Ban this, painful, destructive process.

  3. DJ Py says:

    I want to know where the State of TX stands of FGM which should only be allowed for adults to do at their own request if they are crazy enough to ask it to be done from a licensed, medical professional! This is an adult procedure and should not be tolerated on children who can’t decide for themselves what they wish to do! I would allow it to be done on adults only at their request since I believe that freedom of religion is an absolute right of adults!

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