Group pushes more states to criminalize FGM

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

woman wearing burqa (burka)An organization is urging all 50 states to pass laws banning a gruesome practice perpetrated against women and girls.

The practice, female genital mutilation, is a cultural practice in some Islamic countries that many might believe happens in foreign countries but is, in fact, occurring in the United States.

Elizabeth Yore, who heads End FGM Today, says approximately half the states have not criminalized this "barbaric" practice that hurts women and girls.

Yore says the practice has been described by the World Health Organization as a human rights violation that impacts 200 million women and girls around the world.

Closer to home, Yore and her organization point out that the CDC estimates approximately a half-million girls and million are victims of FGM.

 

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