Female genital mutilation, a form of horrific abuse that affects thousands of women and girls throughout the world, is now a felony in Pennsylvania, thanks to some recently signed legislation. And good timing. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pittsburgh region ranks among one of the top metropolitan areas in the nation for female genital mutilation risk.
A Pennsylvania state representative attached his name to more bills written by special interest groups than any other state lawmaker in the country, according to a new report.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is on track to become the 34th state to ban female genital mutilation, a cultural practice used by some ethnic groups that the Centers for Disease Control has described as a violation of women’s human rights.
Legislation that could spare more than 19,000 women across Pennsylvania from the practice known as “female genital mutilation” is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.
HARRISBURG—The Senate has unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) to criminalize the act of female genital mutilation (FGM).