Letter in Support of Legislation to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation
This is happening in Massachusetts and we need to stop it, here and everywhere!!!
Denise Garlick is a co-sponsor of H2333, An Act to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation. Please email, or write a letter to her, thanking her for being a co-sponsor and also encouraging her to pressure Speaker DeLeo to bring this important piece of legislation to the floor.
Representative Denise Garlick
Massachusetts State House
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Representative Garlick,
Thank you for co-sponsoring H2333, An Act to Protect Girls from Genital Mutilation. As your constituent, I am writing today to ask you to urge Speaker DeLeo to bring H2333 to the floor for a vote.
On October 16, 2017, the Joint Judiciary Committee heard unequivocal testimony from survivors that Female Genital Mutilation happens in the US and that girls born in Massachusetts are at risk. They also heard testimony from top law enforcement officials, the president of the MA District Attorney’s Association, Marian Ryan, and former AG Martha Coakley, that existing criminal laws in Massachusetts would not cover FGM. Maria Mossaides, the Child Advocate, further testified that the Department of Children and Families considers FGM a form of child abuse.
H2333 has broad bipartisan support in the House. It also has the support of more than 40 community advocates. Most recent supporters include the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center formerly the Somali Women and Children’s Association; esteemed ObGyn Dr. Nawal Nour of Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and founder of the African Women’s Health Clinic; Mass Equality; and the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
FGM involves removing part or all of a girls’ healthy sex organs and surrounding tissue for non-medical reasons, often resulting in serious health consequences, the risk of death in childbirth and lifelong trauma. There are no health benefits to this practice. According to a recent CDC study, half a million women and girls living in the United States have been cut or are at risk of FGM. Fourteen thousand such women and girls reside in Massachusetts. FGM has no place in the future of our daughters and the girls in our community.
Please help protect girls in Massachusetts and ask the Speaker to move to pass this legislation.