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New Jersey General Assembly
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION memorializing the Congress of the United States to expeditiously enact legislation to prohibit female genital mutilation.
WHEREAS, An estimated 100 million girls and women around the world have undergone female genital mutilation, which takes different forms in different countries including the cutting of the hood of the clitoris (circumcision), the removal of the entire clitoris (excision), or the removal of all external genitalia and the stitching together of the vulva (infibulation) and
WHEREAS, At least two million girls every year are at risk of suffering from female genital mutilation, which is generally performed without anesthetic, and often results in lifelong consequences including chronic infection, severe pain during urination, menstruation, sexual intercourse and childbirth, and indelible psychological trauma; and
WHEREAS, Female genital mutilation is defended by both men and women in the cultures where it is practiced as a rite of passage and a social prerequisite of marriage as well as a method to control a woman's sexuality; and
WHEREAS, While female genital mutilation is prevalent in the band of African countries which stretches across the center of the continent, it is also found in some Asian countries and among immigrant populations in Western Europe and North America; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey (the Senate concurring):
This concurrent resolution memorializes the Congress of the United States to enact legislation to prohibit female genital mutilation.