LANSING, Mich. — State Senator Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, spoke to his legislation that was signed into law today that would cause doctors to permanently lose their medical license for committing the crime commonly known as “Female Genital Mutilation”, or FGM.
“I’m very pleased to see these laws go onto the books and for things to have moved as quickly as they did,” said Colbeck. “There is sadly only so much we can do to restore the damaged psyche of these young girls who were forced to live this nightmare, but we’re determined to do all we can to make sure this type of butchery won’t happen again.”
Colbeck’s legislation, SB 410, was part of a larger package of bills that also now specifically prohibits female genital mutilation under state law, creates criminal penalties for offenders, and extends criminal and civil statutes of limitations. News stories now report that over 100 young girls could have had this procedure forced upon them in Michigan, going back over several years.
As a legal term, FGM includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the genitals of minor aged females for non-medical reasons. The procedures can lead to psychological problems, as well as to problems urinating and can complicate childbirth later in life. FGM is sometimes also done in order to make sexual intercourse uncomfortable, and some aspects can never be reversed.