9 Aug

Governor signs Rep Kahles bill banning child mutilation

first_img11Jul Governor signs Rep. Kahle’s bill banning child mutilation Categories: Kahle News,News Legislation that gives survivors of female genital mutilation the opportunity to seek criminal prosecution up to 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later, was signed into law today.The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle as part of a bipartisan legislative package addressing female genital mutilation (FGM), which is any procedure performed on girls intended to remove or damage the external genitalia.“The girls who suffer mutilation have faced a barbaric act few of us can comprehend,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “They should not be expected, at such a young age, to fully understand the lifelong impact of the damaging injuries they have endured.”Her legislation was part of an eight-bill package that prohibits FGM, sets sentencing guidelines, requires improved education on the procedure to law enforcement and health officials, and adds an extension on the civil statute of limitations to allow victims to recover personal damages.The package follows a February incident when 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 for allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual was fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Kahle’s House Bill 4690 is her second bill signed into law. It is now Public Act 79 of 2017 following Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature“I was pleased to work with my colleagues to make sure this happened,” said Kahle. “This procedure has no benefits. It’s only done to damage and relegate women to second-class status. There’s no place for it in Michigan.”#####last_img

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