Michigan Senate approves legislation making female genital mutilation a felony

Laws banning FGM, another Muslim contribution to America. Of course al-Reuters intentionally omits the fact that Muslims are the culprits in recent FGM arrests that prompted the bill. via: Michigan Senate votes to outlaw female genital mutilation | Reuters

The Michigan Senate approved legislation on Wednesday making genital mutilation of girls a state felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison, both for doctors who perform the procedure and parents who transport a child to undergo the surgery.

The legislation, which now goes to the state House of Representatives, was spurred by the case of an emergency room physician charged last month under federal law with performing genital mutilation on two 7-year-old girls at a suburban Detroit medical clinic.

Another doctor and his wife who ran the clinic also have been charged in that case, believed to mark the first U.S. criminal prosecution of its kind. The three defendants could face prison terms of up to five years if convicted.

Genital mutilation of girls, typically involving removal of all or part of the clitoris, is banned by several international treaties but remains a common cultural or religious practice in some African countries, including Somalia, Sudan and Egypt.

State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rick Jones, a sponsor of the legislation, cited recent expert testimony before his panel describing Michigan as a “hotspot” for genital mutilation due to its large community of immigrants from countries where such surgery is still routinely performed.

“It’s been hidden. But now that we’re aware, we want to make a very strong statement to the world – never again in Michigan,” he said.

Aside from carrying tougher penalties than federal statute, Michigan’s legislation would allow arrests and prosecution by local law enforcement.

It also would close a federal loophole by outlawing transportation of girls under age 18 within state boundaries for purposes of undergoing genital surgery, Jones said. Parents or guardians who bring children to Michigan from abroad or are found to have taken them overseas for such procedures could likewise be charged.

The federal law, enacted in 1996, targets practitioners of female genital mutilation as well as individuals who carry a child across state lines to undergo the procedure.

The package of four Republican-sponsored Michigan bills cleared the state Senate unanimously, and Jones said he expects swift House passage and enactment by the governor in a matter of weeks.

Jones said female genital mutilation bans have been passed or were under consideration in several other states, including Minnesota and Texas, but he believed Michigan’s would be the toughest.

The World Health Organization has estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone genital mutilation, which can cause lasting health problems.

What al-Reuters left out:  Michigan: Second Muslim doctor, wife arrested in female genital mutilation case


11 thoughts on “Michigan Senate approves legislation making female genital mutilation a felony

  1. The Founding Fathers left many things out because they believed that people had enough Common sense that we would not have to deal with these type of Horrors. They were brilliant but didn’t understand just how Stupid people can be in aiding their own destruction as what is going on now-a-days.
    The fact that The Liberals are allowing and encouraging our nation to be invaded like this shows that. More proof that Liberalism is a Mental Disease.

  2. “The three defendants could face prison terms of up to five years if convicted.”

    5 years???? Yeah well, that’s just a slap on the wrist…. I say give’em the max! 15 years is NOTHING compared to what these mutilated girls now have to face!!!! They face a LIFETIME of physical, mental and social confusion and pain!!!! As a matter of fact, I personally would support a prison sentence of LIFE!!!! Hell, that’s exactly what these poor victims are now facing!! LET THE PUNISHMENT REFLECT THE CRIME!!! LIFE FOR LIFE (actually the poor girls are as good as physically DEAD)!!!!! To be sure, if the MUZZRATS were in charge and the tables were somehow turned to reflect a tiny infraction of their damned sharia laws, you can bet the farm that the penalty for some poor “infidel” WOULD BE DECAPITATION, POST HASTE!!!!!

  3. This is the way Americans address the laws. The case is presented and defended; the act is reviewed in light of existing laws and the state decides what is in the best interests of ALL the state. In this case defenseless children are being assaulted and mutilated. Precedent is established in similar cases. Let the mohammadans test it in the state supreme court.

    • David, you definitely sound like a defense lawyer! Whether or not your comment was addressed to me is irrelevant BUT, if it was, I can only hope that you (and all who would seem to favor lenient sentencing, i.e., 15 years max for DESTROYING and MUTILATING (FGM) an innocent young life. I can only hope that THIS LAW PERTAINING TO FGM IS CHANGED! Not for nuthin’, David, but when our Lord walked the Earth, He stated that whoever “offends a little child, it were better for him (the offender) if a MILLSTONE were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the depths of the sea”! Of course, he was speaking in metaphoric language, nevertheless I believe there is good reason to believe that Christ was definitely referring to child molestation, etc, etc! Too harsh??? Barbaric???? Not so, not when you compare an otherwise lenient sentence (15 years) to the lifetime of suffering inflicted on one of these innocent young lives! And yes, I still believe in corporal punishment! Let the punishment reflect the crime! P.S. OMG, how do I know that the whiners are all raring their pointy heads and screaming, ‘oh, oh, oh, but what about infant male circumcision’????? PA-LEEZE!!!!

      • What matters first is to have some cases explaining what both sides believe about the act(s). Since shari’a is indefensible in our legal system we can better separate church from state in a way we understand. Our legal system has provision for deportation of illegals/immigrants who commit certain felonies. Trump would not hesitate to act in this type case. The people who commit fgm would have to explain why they should not be deported which may open them up to backround checks exposing less than citizenlike behavior. Would these types risk having questions asked about their associates, mosque-buddies, extended family. Would help build a data base for the FBI and provide intel for homeland security. And so on. This is another topic – gathering intel from cases before the law.

  4. Well, Michigan’s..banning female genital mutilation is certainly a step in the right direction..
    Now if they will just take the, logical, next step & ban this barbaric practice male circumcision, then I will ,..really,.. be impressed. ,

  5. The only law that needs to be passed is banning Islam from America, this would solve a lot of issues and make our nation safer.

  6. Michigan trying to get ahead of this because they’re so far behind in this. FGM is an import to Michigan that arrived with the Islam Immigration. Islam is not a religion in any true spiritual sense, it does not deal with one’s soul.

    • Indeed, Islam is a violent ideology like Communism. As Christians teach John 3:16, Islam teaches Sura 9:5. “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Allah is a wimp because he needs his grunts to do the killing for him.

        • Well,..Making,..’FEMALE’,.. genital mutilation into a felony is certainly a step in the right direction,..But, now, it is , perhaps, time to make ,..MALE,..genital mutilation, commonly known as,..’circumcision’,.. , also a felony,..

          Mutilation is mutilation,..no matter how you,..’slice’,..it.

          Ya think,.?

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