An Act To Prohibit Female Genital Mutilation
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §214 is enacted to read:
§ 214. Female genital mutilation of a minor
This bill makes it a Class B crime to perform female genital mutilation on a female person under 18 years of age for nonmedical purposes. The bill also makes it a Class B crime for a parent, guardian or person who has immediate custody of a female person under 18 years of age to consent to or permit female genital mutilation of that female person for nonmedical purposes or for a person to remove the female person from the State for such a procedure. Under the provisions of the bill it is not a defense that the female person, or the parent, guardian or person who has immediate custody of the female person, consented to the procedure but it is a defense that the procedure was done for medical purposes.