State senators unanimously approved Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation allowing the termination of parental rights for anyone who forces their child to undergo female genital mutilation.
According to Lucido’s office, the legislation was inspired by a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a Livonia clinic. Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife Farida Attar were arrested on federal charges in April after performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while Dr. Jumana Nagarwala has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.
Nagarwala was released from federal custody on a $4.5 million bond while she awaits trial. The Minnesota mother was charged with subjecting her daughter to female genital mutation.