Published in Women's Health Weekly, February 17th, 1997
The bill, approved by a House committee 16-0 on February 6, 1997, would make performing the procedure a Classxfelony punishable by six to 30 years in prison. A federal law passed in 1996 carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The procedure, which doctors describe as genital mutilation, ranges from cutting the hood of the clitoris to removing all external genitalia and sewing shut the vagina.
Dr. PanJola Coney, an obstetrician and gynecologist on the faculty of Southern Illinois University's...
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