10 year old girl dies after female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone

posted by Christopher W Holton Renewed calls for country to end practice after girl bleeds to death following mass initiation into secret society “A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation during a mass initiation into a secret society in Sierra Leone. The girl, one of 68 involved in…

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Feds to appeal ruling that dismissed female genital mutilation charges in Michigan

posted by Christopher W Holton Federal prosecutors say they’ll ask an appeals court to reinstate genital mutilation charges thrown out by a Detroit federal judge. https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/20/feds-to-appeal-ruling-that-dismissed-female-genital-mutilation-charges-in-michigan/

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University of Cincinnati: We should care about female genital mutilation

posted by Christopher W. Holton The student newspaper at the University of Cincinnati, The News Record, has published a terrific editorial about female genital mutilation… http://www.newsrecord.org/opinion/opinion-we-should-care-about-female-genital-mutilation/article_c6c99cdc-fa39-11e8-82c1-abd352f33c5a.html

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Nearly Half of U.S. States Don’t Protect Girls from Female Genital Mutilation

Perpetrators in 23 States Across America Have a Free Pass to Inflict This Unnecessary and Barbaric Procedure on Girls as Young as 7 Years Old WASHINGTON, D.C.—Now that a district judge has declared a federal ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) unconstitutional, perpetrators in 23 states across Americahave a free pass to inflict this…

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Richard Kirk: Does the Commerce Clause Protect Female Genital Mutilation?

Three weeks ago U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman declared that the twenty-two-year-old federal law banning female genital mutilation was unconstitutional.  This ruling took Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and seven others off the legal hook for allegedly “circumcising” the genitals of nine girls from Michigan and two adjacent states, girls who were…

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Congressional Law Fails to Reach Female Genital Mutilation

posted by Christopher W. Holton by Phyllis Chesler https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2018/12/05/congressional-law-fails-to-reach-female-genital-mutilation/ On November 20, 2018, the United States District Court in Michigan ruled that the federal law which criminalized Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) more than twenty years ago is “unconstitutional”, and cannot be used to prosecute the doctors and mothers of the very…

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L.A. Times: If a federal ban on female genital mutilation is unconstitutional, all 50 states should ban the barbaric practice

Excerpts and link… Despite a worldwide campaign to stop the brutal practice of female genital cutting, it persists in communities across the globe, and especially in Africa and some Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Generally performed on girls under the age of 15, the procedure involves the removal of the…

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