- Associated Press - Monday, March 25, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina law would make it a severe felony for someone to perform female genital mutilation on a child under a measure advancing at the General Assembly.

The Senate voted unanimously on Monday evening for the prohibition, which has surfaced after a federal ban was struck down in November. A federal judge did say that states can regulate it.

A foundation says nearly 30 states already have legislation that specifically addresses female genital mutilation. The World Health Organization says there is no health benefit to female genital mutilation and it can cause numerous health problems.

The legislation now heading to the North Carolina House also punishes a parent who allows the child’s genital mutilation or removal to occur. A first-offense conviction is punishable by at least 3½ years in prison.

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