COLUMBUS—State Senator Lou Terhar (R-Green Township), joined joint-sponsor Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), in applauding the Governor's signing of legislation prohibiting female genital mutilation (FGM). The bill was signed into law on January 4, 2019.
Senate Bill 214 makes performing the procedure on a minor, as well as transporting a minor to a facility to undergo the procedure, a second degree felony. The bill also requires that the State Medical Board automatically review the license of any doctor convicted of a misdemeanor or felony for possible suspension.
Nearby states Michigan, West Virginia and Illinois have FGM bans in place. While FGM does violate federal law, a federal district court recently ruled that FGM should be handled as a state matter, and that the court would not enforce the federal anti-FGM statute.
“According to the AHA Foundation
, our state has between 10,000 and 25,000 girls at risk of being forced to undergo this procedure,” said Terhar. “I am proud that we have taken this important step and joined other states in banning this dangerous practice so that we can protect the girls who may be subjected to it in Ohio.”
EndFGMToday said in a statement
that Senate Bill 214 appears to be a “gold standard” bill.
Additionally, the bill includes a provision that excludes depictions of a crime victim’s body from public records.
For more information on Senate Bill 214, click here