Virginia joins global movement to criminalize female circumcision

Virginia’s General Assembly unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to crack down on female genital mutilation, criminalizing the procedure with up to a year of prison. The bill now awaits Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature.

Virginia’s bill makes FGM a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail sentence of one year and a $2,500 fine. This is a lower punishment than what was originally proposed earlier this year, which called for a 5-year minimum sentence and a fine up to $1 million.

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  1. Alma Nielsen says:

    All states across the U.S. and Canada should join in this movement to criminalize FGM and make sure the law is carried out.and if they go back to their own countries to have it done, they should not be allowed back into the U.S. or Canada again. They would surely stop this horrible practice.

  2. Esp says:

    That law should have been passed in original form

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