It’s ‘child abuse.’ SC lawmakers advance bill to criminalize female genital mutilation

posted by Christopher W. Holton

S.C. lawmakers advanced a bill Tuesday to criminalize female genital mutilation as child abuse after a judge struck down a federal ban. 

S.C. House Judiciary Committee members voted 24-0 to move the bill to the full House for a vote.

The bill, sponsored by a bipartisan group of two dozen lawmakers, would make attempting, performing or facilitating the practice on a minor under the age of 18, or an incapacitated adult, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison or a $20,000 fine, or both.

It also would penalize those who consent to the procedure, such as a parent or guardian.

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