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New Hampshire Moves to Outlaw Female Genital Mutilation

Believe it or not, girls are at risk of undergoing the horrific practice of female…

  • April 11, 2018

Believe it or not, girls are at risk of undergoing the horrific practice of female genital mutilation in the U.S. One state has moved to do something about that.

A proposed New Hampshire bill “HB 1739, would prohibit female genital mutilation (FGM) in the state.

Introduced to the New Hampshire House in November 2017 by Rep. Victoria Sullivan, the bill was passed unanimously by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee at the end of January 2018.

Having passed the NH House of Representatives on February 8, the bill now moves on to the Senate.

Yes, Girls Are at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation – Even in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 500,000 girls are at risk or have undergone FGM in America.

A violation of human rights and an act of gender-based violence against women, FGM causes girls and women serious, lifelong physical and emotional pain.

Non-profit foundation America Matters and the #StopFGM Coalition fully support states and lawmakers who are actively working to protect these girls.

People can support the movement to enact state laws by contacting their state representatives and signing the #StopFGM petition to tell policy makers to enact laws now.

Find out more at americamatters.com.

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