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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
LEGISLATION CONCERNING FGM
(STATUS: NOT PASSED)
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1: The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 16-3-750. (A) Except as provided in subsection (B), whoever knowingly circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a female who has not attained the age of eighteen years is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined no more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense.
(C) In applying subsection (B)(1), no account shall be taken of the effect on the person on whom the operation is to be performed of any belief on the part of that or any other person that the operation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.
(D) Whoever knowingly denies to a person medical care or services or otherwise discriminates against a person in the provision of medical care or services because that person has undergone female circumcision, excision, or infibulation or has request that female circumcision, excision, or infibulation be performed on any person, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both. Each violation constitutes a separate offense."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.