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(CNSNews.com) – On Wednesday, June 19, the Pennsylvania Senate passed House Bill 315, which would classify Female Genital Mutilation as a first-degree felony in the Keystone State.
The Pennsylvania House passed the legislation on April 9, and the bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Thomas P. Murt, told CNSNews.com he is “very confident” that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will sign the legislation into law.
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Commenting on the bill’s passage in the Senate on Facebook, Rep. Murt wrote, “This is a major victory for the women of Pennsylvania. I want to thank my colleagues in both the House and Senate for taking this strong and unified stand for the right to be safe from this kind of abuse.”
“FGM is a crime of violence against women,” said Rep. Murt. “With Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature the law will explicitly state that. House Bill 315 makes it a crime to cut or allow someone to circumcise or excise the genitals of a female minor. Under the bill, FGM would be a felony of the first degree.”
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“Gov. Tom Wolf must sign or veto legislation within 10 days after transmittal, or it becomes law without his signature. Murt said that the Governor has been very supportive of the legislation and he is confident that Wolf will sign it in the next couple of days.
Currently, 32 states have laws against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but women and girls are unprotected in 18 states, including Pennsylvania.
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Murt added, “My bill has been endorsed by the...
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