Sen. Jones statement on dismissal of federal female genital mutilation case

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LANSING, Mich. — After U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman in Detroit on Tuesday declared the federal female genital mutilation (FGM) law unconstitutional and dismissed charges against two Michigan doctors and others in a case where minor girls were subjected to the procedure at a clinic in Livonia, Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, issued the following statement:

“I’m angry that the federal judge dismissed this horrific case that affected upwards of a hundred girls who were brutally victimized and attacked against their will.

“This is why it was so important for Michigan to act. We set a precedent that female genital mutilation will not be tolerated here, and we did so by passing a state law that comes with a 15-year felony punishment. I hope other states will follow suit.”