Rep Hoitenga mutilation ban bill approved headed to governor

first_img The state House gave final approval of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga today, criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan as part of an eight-bill legislative package.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony with a partner bill including incarceration for up to 15 years. The legislative package also improves educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extends the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.Today’s vote moves Hoitenga’s legislation to the governor’s desk for review.“When we’re talking about something inflicted on young girls, typically without any warning or discussion with their parents, that subjects women to a lifetime of pain and shame, then it’s easy to see it has no place in our society,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “Michigan protects its children.”The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Over the past two weeks, House and Senate committees and full chambers have moved swiftly to advance the legislation, with today’s concurrence vote as the final step before review by Gov. Rick Snyder.“Protecting young girls is an issue we can all support,” Hoitenga said. “I am proud to see this legislation as a whole be so well supported and move so swiftly. We’re one step closer to becoming law, but much more important is protecting our children.”##### Categories: Hoitenga News,News 20Jun Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill approved, headed to governorlast_img