SB 9 – Genital Mutilation Bill

SB 9 РFemale Genital Mutilation/Clarify Prohibition 

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), Sen. Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell), Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga)

Bill Summary

This bill would prohibit the mutilation of the genitals of a female under the age of 18.

This bill would make the following actions a Class C felony:

  • Knowingly circumcise, excise or infibulate the whole or or part of the labia majora, labia minora, or clitoris of another person under 18
  • For a parent or guardian to consent to these actions

Exemptions include the following:

  • If the surgical operation is necessary to the health of the person on whom it is preformed and it is performed by a licensed medical practitioner.
  • The operation is performed on a person in labor who has just given birth and is performed for medical purposes connected with labor. This must be preformed by a licensed medical practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or a person training to become a medical practitioner or certified nurse midwife.

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