N.C. must ban abuse of girls
Monday, April 8, 2019
There is an ongoing battle in the North Carolina legislature over whether to criminalize female genital mutilation. Why a battle? The mutilation of girls’ genitals defies all standards of humanity and cries out as a hideous violation of human rights according to the United Nations and World Health Organization. The CDC estimates that 513,000 girls are at risk of from the practice in the United States.
The eyes of the nation are on the North Carolina legislature. The Population Reference Bureau ranks North Carolina as 16th in the country for women and girls at risk for mutilation. Furthermore, the bureau found that the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan areas in North Carolina rank 23rd in the nation for risk of mutilation. That data translates into real children at perilous risk to the trauma and damage of female genital mutilation.
The North Carolina state slogan is “A Better Place to Be.” And yet the North Carolina legislature dithers, deaf to the cries of little girls that must undergo this painful and barbaric procedure whose effects last a lifetime. As several other states pass legislation to ban female genital mutilation after a federal law was ruled unconstitutional, North Carolina runs the risk of becoming a safe harbor for mutilators of little girls. Is this really North Carolina, a “better place to be?”
Yore is an attorney and child welfare advocate and Head of #EndFGMToday. Senate Bill 9, Female Genital Mutilation/Clarify Prohibition, passed the state senate and is now in the state House of Representatives.