Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of a girl’s external genitals. Her body is physically damaged when the healthy tissue of her genitals are cut away. There are no health benefits to FGM. Complex cultural and social reasons are often given about why it is practiced.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The AHA Foundation, report that approximately 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. have either suffered through the procedure or are at risk of having it done to them.
Many of these young girls are subjected to FGM when they vacation in a country that sanctions the practice. In other cases, circumcisers are brought into the U.S. – even though FGM is illegal in this country.
ACT for America has been working diligently at the state level to see legislation passed so that no girl ever suffers the horrors of FGM – on U.S. soil or elsewhere.
We have helped pass legislation on FGM in the following states:
Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota
Florida, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Virginia
26 states still do not have laws criminalizing FGM.