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Female genital mutilation bills to be sent to governor next week

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Lawmakers in Lansing are just a vote away from sending a bills package outlawing female genital mutilation to the governor.

Most of the bills need one final vote before sending them off to the governor. The package would make female genital mutilation a 15 year felony along with other potential punishments and create an education outreach program.

Republican Representative Klint Kesto is a bill sponsor.

 

“We don’t want to be known as the place you come for female genital mutilation. Absolutely not. We will not tolerate it. So we want to be stricter, we want to be tougher on this kind of activity.”

The legislation was introduced on the heels of Detroit-area doctors being charged federally with female genital mutilation on two young girls. The bills package would also make female genital mutilation a state crime and provide for various penalties, like removal of medical licenses.