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House OKs Tougher Sentences For Female Genital Mutilation

Law360, Washington (December 5, 2017, 6:17 PM EST) -- The House of Representatives voted to approve a bill Tuesday afternoon to increase punishments for medical professionals and others who perform female genital mutilation procedures on their patients.

The Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act would increase the penalty for performing any such procedure on a minor from five to 15 years in prison. The measure, from Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich., passed on a 409-0 vote Tuesday afternoon, and many of the bill’s supporters cited the prosecution of Jumana Nagarwala, a Detroit emergency room doctor who was...
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