The Iowa House passed legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation.
The topic, Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Marion, told representatives, “frankly, is not pleasant.”
Female genital mutilation — the cutting of a female’s clitoris as practiced in Africa and parts of the Middle East and Asia as well as in the United States — is, in essence, “a sexual assault on a young girl’s private parts that scars her for life both literally and figuratively,” Hinson said.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense