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Rep Farrington mutilation ban bill signed into law

first_img Categories: Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington’s legislation criminalizing the transportation of another person for the purpose of a female genital mutilation was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder.“These bills are about protecting young girls,” said Farrington, of Utica. “Anyone who victimizes children in this way must be punished severely, whether it’s incarceration or financial damages, because there’s no need for this procedure. That’s why we’ve included language that will not allow a customary belief or parental consent to be used to justify the mutilation.”Farrington’s bill is part of an eight-bill bipartisan legislative package that prohibits the act, sets sentencing guidelines, improves educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extends the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Farrington’s bill joined in partner legislation in swiftly being approved by the House and Senate chamber, moving through committee and full membership votes in two weeks before today’s ceremony. House Bill 4637 has become Public Act 69 of 2017.It is Farrington’s first law as a state representative.“Children must be protected and this will make certain that protection can extend beyond our state, that is the ultimate goal of today’s signature,” Farrington said. “While I’m pleased to have a law on the books, what’s more important is that this package of bills works together to eliminate this procedure from Michigan by making it so prohibitive for everyone involved.”##### 11Jul Rep. Farrington mutilation ban bill signed into lawlast_img read more

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