This bill — known as the SAFE Act — would increase the penalty for female genital mutilation from 5 years imprisonment to 15 years. It would also express the sense of Congress that states should have laws in place that require healthcare professionals, teachers, and other school employees to report to local law enforcement any instance of suspected female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation has affected more than 200 million women around the world living today and can involve the removal or cutting of the clitoris, sewing together vaginal opening, or other harmful procedures. It can lead to infections, severe pain, bleeding, painful menstruation and intercourse, childbirth complications, shock, and death.
The bill’s full title is the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act.