PHOENIX — A committee of the Arizona Legislature approved a proposal that
would outlaw female genital mutilation that’s known as female circumcision.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 on Monday to endorse the bill by
Republican Sen. Judy Burges of Sun City West.
The proposal would bar genital mutilation on girls under 18 years old and would
make a first-time violation punishable by five to 14 years in prison and a
minimum $25,000 fine.
The bill also would bar the defense that such procedures were done with the
consent of the girl or her parents.
Burges says female genital mutilation is a problem that’s beginning to appear in the
Democratic Sen. David Bradley voted for the measure but questioned whether
there were already laws that would address female genital mutilation.