Lawmakers are moving quickly on a set of bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan.
The legislation would make the removal or reconstruction of a female minor’s genitalia for non-medical purposes a 15 year felony. It’s currently a federal crime punishable by up to five years.
The bills follow the federal indictment of two Detroit doctors for allegedly conspiring to perform female genital mutilation on two young girls from Minnesota.
Republican Senator Rick Jones is a bill sponsor. He says they want to make sure it never happens again.
“Well I hope that’s enough. If it isn’t we’ll go back and make it higher. But it needs to stop.”
The bills passed in the committee unanimously. They are now sent to the Senate floor for a full chamber vote.