EndFGMToday: These Last 13 States Must Put Laws in Place to Stop Barbaric Female Genital Mutilation
April 20, 2020
Even though at least 59 countries—including 26 out of 29 FGM-practicing African nations—outlaw the barbaric procedure of female genital mutilation (FGM), 13 U.S. states still do not.
This must be the year, says the national EndFGMToday campaign, that every state outlaw this heinous form of child abuse.
“What better time than the clean slate of 2020 for these 13 remaining states to cross the finish line and act strongly and decisively in the best interest of their female residents?” said internationally renowned attorney and child welfare advocate Elizabeth Yore, who heads EndFGMToday. “FGM is a brutal and unnecessary procedure that leaves physical and emotional scars for a lifetime. Girls as young as 5 years old are subject to this heinous form of child abuse, and women in their 50s and 60s are still dealing with the side effects and traumatic memories today.”
Wyoming and Kentucky were the latest to outlaw FGM, becoming the 36th and 37th states, respectively.
EndFGMToday has asserted many times that state laws criminalizing FGM are all the more crucial now since a judge ruled that the federal FGM law was unconstitutional. FGM is recognized by the UN and World Health Organization as a human rights violation. Over 200 million women worldwide have been subjected to this cruel practice, and the CDC estimates that more than 500,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the U.S.