Rep Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor

first_img11Jul Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor Categories: Hoitenga News,News A bipartisan bill package, led by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan was signed into law today.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 the legislative package also setting sentencing guidelines, requiring educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extending the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.“There are not enough adjectives to describe how despicable this procedure is, especially when you’re talking about the victims being as young as 4 years old,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “There’s no place for this in our society because there are no health benefits; it can subject women to a lifetime of physical and mental pain. I’m glad to help set the standards we now have in Michigan to make doing this so prohibitive.”Hoitenga’s House Bill 4636 is now Public Act 68 of 2017. It is her first law since taking office in January.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.“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 in the House and Senate and move so swiftly to the governor’s desk. We all know that Michigan must protect its children and their futures.”#####last_img

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