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STATE OF WISCONSIN
1995 Wisconsin Act 365

(STATUS: PASSED)

1995 Assembly Bill 926 Date of Enactment: May 28, 1996
Date of Publication: June 11, 1996

AN ACT to create 146.35 of the statutes; elating to: prohibiting circumcision, excision or infibulation of certain genital tissue of a female minor and providing a penalty.

The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. 146.35 of the statutes is created to read:
146.35 Female genital mutilation prohibited.

(1) In this section, "infibulate" means to clasp together with buckles or stitches.

(2) Except as provided in sub. (3), no person may circumcise, excise or infibulate the labia majora, labia minora or clitoris of a female minor.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if the circumcision, excision or infibulation is perofrmed by a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5), and is necessary for the health of the female minor or is necessary to correct an anatomical abnormality.

(4) None of the following may be asserted as a defense to prosection for a violation of sub. (2):
 
(a) Consent by the female minor or by a parent of the femal minor to the circumcision, excision or infibulation.
 
(b) The circumcision, excision or infibulation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.
(5) Whoever violates sub. (2) may be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years or both.