Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a new law that has angered Muslims in his state.
In a huge move, Snyder signed a bill that will outlaw genital mutilation in the state and will allow any doctors who take part in it to face extreme consequences.
In the Muslim world, they often target young females by mutilating their clitorises in order to lower their sex drive.
Conservative Tribune reports:
According to WHO, female genital mutilation involves procedures that permanently alter a women’s genitals for non-medical reasons. Those in countries with large Muslim majorities often practice the act to prevent women from feeling pleasure during sexual activity or as a punishment for breaking religious laws.
For Republican Governor Snyder, he wanted to make sure that those in his state knew that this demeaning act would not be tolerated and would come instead with a prison sentence.
ABC News reported on the passage of the law, which occurred on Tuesday, saying that under the new law, “Doctors, parents and others involved in female genital mutilation in Michigan will face up to 15 years in prison.”
The law was spurred largely from a federal case in which six people who were “connected to an India-based Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra,” were accused of being involved in the genital mutilation of two Minnesota girls and four Michigan girls.
“The procedures were allegedly carried out by a doctor at a clinic in suburban Detroit,” the outlet continued.
“Those who commit these horrendous crimes should be held accountable for their actions, and these bills stiffen the penalties for offenders while providing additional support to victims,” Governor Snyder said. “This legislation is an important step toward eliminating this despicable practice in Michigan while empowering victims to find healing and justice.”
Michigan’s new law will take it a step further by creating harsher penalties than the current federal punishment of up to 5 years in prison.
“Under the laws, the statute of limitations for criminal charges to be filed will be 10 years or by the alleged victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later. Victims will be able to sue for damages until their 28th birthday, which is longer than the previous two-year window after the discovery of harm,” ABC News reported.
Republican Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, one of the bills sponsors said,
“This barbaric procedure has no accepted health benefits and is only performed to exercise control over young women.”
“We owe it to our girls to give law enforcement and prosecutors every available tool to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
I couldn’t agree more. Anyone who engages in this disgusting act deserves to lose their children and serve a long sentence in prison.