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house Bill H.R. 3317

Should the Penalty For Female Genital Mutilation be Increased From 5 to 15 Years in Prison?

Argument in favor

Female genital mutilation is a far too common, outrageous assault on women and girls around the world and here in the U.S. This bill significantly increases the penalty for female genital mutilation and encourages states to have laws with reporting requirements for suspected cases of it.

Michele 's Opinion
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12/03/2017
The penalty for female genitalia mutilation should be castration.
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Rodney's Opinion
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12/03/2017
In my opinion 15 years is too short of a term. The girls that have this done to them have to live with it for the rest of their lives; so maybe we should make the people who do it have to live with their mistake for the rest of their lives.
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Dave's Opinion
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12/03/2017
Penalty for female genital mutilation should be life, that is how long it is going to be for that girl. What is sad is women vote for people that abuses women? Also why do people vote for a Pedifile and abuser in general? The democrats condemned and ask for resignation of their members. The republicans party believes the men? They need to read and see Time’s person of the year “Silence Breakers”!
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Argument opposed

While female genital mutilation is a significant problem around the world, it’s unlikely that increasing the prison term associated with it will do much to deter people carrying it out while increasing the cost of incarceration.

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12/03/2017
More prison time is like putting a bandage over a dirty wound. Intervention, education and support programs are the answer. Yet my President, my current administration and a majority of my congress chooses to cut social and healthcare programs for women. My congress needs to remove my President from office by all legal means. Please save OUR democracy.
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Matthew's Opinion
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12/03/2017
Why is this bill excluding males? Circumcising males at birth at birth should be illegal as well.
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Vincent's Opinion
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12/05/2017
Longer prison sentences don’t deter crime. Education and change at the cultural level is required to mitigate this issue.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3317?

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.

Impact

Those convicted of female genital mutilation; and state governments.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3317

$500.00 Thousand
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2022-2027 period.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) introduced this to increase the federal prison sentence for female genital mutilation and encourage states to implement reporting requirement for suspected cases:

“The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 500,000 females in the United States have undergone or are at risk for genital mutilation, and recently this staggering statistic hit home in Southeast Michigan. In April, Michigan doctors — health care professionals we trust with our children — were arrested, suspected of performing over 100 female genital mutilations out of their practice in my district. These doctors, and all those who commit these horrendous crimes against innocent children across the country, must be held accountable for their unconscionable actions. We must protect our girls, and this legislation increasing the federal penalty is critical to eradicating this barbaric practice from our communities.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) added:

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a far too common, outrageous assault on women and girls not just around the world but also here at home. It is up to us to stop and properly punish this illegal exploitation. The SAFE Act would significantly increase the penalty for someone found guilty of FGM, a reform that is long overdue. Over the last 30 years, this form of torture against women has actually increased in the United States while decreasing abroad. I’m grateful that my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee recognize that we need to crack down on the monsters that would commit this crime and I urge House leadership to quickly bring this bill to the floor.”

This legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and has the support of five bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including three Democrats and two Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: MONUSCO Photos / Creative Commons)

AKA

SAFE Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the penalty for female genital mutilation, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed December 5th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 408 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJuly 19th, 2017

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    The penalty for female genitalia mutilation should be castration.
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    More prison time is like putting a bandage over a dirty wound. Intervention, education and support programs are the answer. Yet my President, my current administration and a majority of my congress chooses to cut social and healthcare programs for women. My congress needs to remove my President from office by all legal means. Please save OUR democracy.
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    In my opinion 15 years is too short of a term. The girls that have this done to them have to live with it for the rest of their lives; so maybe we should make the people who do it have to live with their mistake for the rest of their lives.
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    Why is this bill excluding males? Circumcising males at birth at birth should be illegal as well.
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    Penalty for female genital mutilation should be life, that is how long it is going to be for that girl. What is sad is women vote for people that abuses women? Also why do people vote for a Pedifile and abuser in general? The democrats condemned and ask for resignation of their members. The republicans party believes the men? They need to read and see Time’s person of the year “Silence Breakers”!
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    The penalty should be increased from 5 to 50 years.
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    Can we please stop comparing FGM to circumcision? Circumcision isn’t necessary, however it’s nothing compared to the horrific trauma these young girls face. Boys are babies when they’re circumcised and won’t remember the experience, whereas these girls will never be able to forget that kind of horror.
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    Life!!! Women's lives are forever changed and parts of them (physically and otherwise) are lost FOR NO SOUND REASON.
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    This is a sick cultural practice.
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    Longer prison sentences don’t deter crime. Education and change at the cultural level is required to mitigate this issue.
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    This should be an easy vote. 5 years is hardly a punishment.
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    Great start now let's protect the boys too.
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    I sadly vote for a minimum of 15 years. But honestly I think that there needs to be an attempt at education so that this cultural practice can be questioned by the culture itself. There needs to be much more reporting on what happens to girls who undergo this procedure. Do all the men in this culture really understand that this is basically castration? That it causes horrifically painful complications? In any human culture heinous cultural practices are supported by a huge amount of denial. How can we help to break the denial? How can we really get the men (and women) to see and understand what is truly happening here? It is human nature to be in a lot of denial about a cultural practice. It would be wonderful to hear more men in the culture speak out about this. There are always many men no matter how patriarchal the culture that love women and that understand that any attack on a woman’s humanity is equally an attack on their own. No matter what, I choose to believe in the inherent goodness within each human being. Punishment only goes so far and sadly it often creates even more resistance to what it is trying to change.
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    15 years is not enough !! Life in prison or the death penalty!! Then eternity in Hell
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    I agree with Rodney. The punishment for female genital mutilation should be life without parole
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    Yes but prison time will not prevent acts committed out of ignorance or because of primitive cultural traditions. Education is the real answer to prevention, but the GOP doesn’t believe in spending money on education or prevention because they don’t actually care about women. Only filling the private prison industry’s cells with uneducated non-whites.
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    I see this in the same way as cutting off a man’s penis. A longer sentence is more appropriate.
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    This is the United States of America we don't mutilate our women and we don't allow anyone else to either. This is the sickest of Assaults perpetrated but goes in line for very sick minded devils and shows a complete
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    While men will step forward and ask why male circumcision is not also included in the bill, female pharonic circumcision excises clitoral tissue, and is meant to rob women of the ability to experience sexual pleasure, usually by patriarchical societies. In men, it does not cause reduction or disfunction, and has proven to reduce exposure to the transmission of HIV/AIDS
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    Yes. This is an act taken against minors who have no choice in the matter. I’m not certain that 15 years is adequate. Genital mutilation is permanent, painful, has a permanent effect on sexual fulfillment and may be life threatening in some cases. How would men like those same parts cut away, often without anesthesia, then live their life’s with the consequences of their guardian’s decision? No adults choice should permanently deny a minor’s right to make such a decision for themselves once they reach the age of majority. This is cruelty.
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