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house Bill H.R. 3317

Should the Penalty For Female Genital Mutilation be Increased From 5 to 15 Years in Prison?

Argument in favor

Female genital mutilation is a far too common, outrageous assault on women and girls around the world and here in the U.S. This bill significantly increases the penalty for female genital mutilation and encourages states to have laws with reporting requirements for suspected cases of it.

Michele 's Opinion
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12/03/2017
The penalty for female genitalia mutilation should be castration.
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Rodney's Opinion
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12/03/2017
In my opinion 15 years is too short of a term. The girls that have this done to them have to live with it for the rest of their lives; so maybe we should make the people who do it have to live with their mistake for the rest of their lives.
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Dave's Opinion
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12/03/2017
Penalty for female genital mutilation should be life, that is how long it is going to be for that girl. What is sad is women vote for people that abuses women? Also why do people vote for a Pedifile and abuser in general? The democrats condemned and ask for resignation of their members. The republicans party believes the men? They need to read and see Time’s person of the year “Silence Breakers”!
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Argument opposed

While female genital mutilation is a significant problem around the world, it’s unlikely that increasing the prison term associated with it will do much to deter people carrying it out while increasing the cost of incarceration.

Clay 's Opinion
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12/03/2017
More prison time is like putting a bandage over a dirty wound. Intervention, education and support programs are the answer. Yet my President, my current administration and a majority of my congress chooses to cut social and healthcare programs for women. My congress needs to remove my President from office by all legal means. Please save OUR democracy.
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Matthew's Opinion
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12/03/2017
Why is this bill excluding males? Circumcising males at birth at birth should be illegal as well.
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Vincent's Opinion
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12/05/2017
Longer prison sentences don’t deter crime. Education and change at the cultural level is required to mitigate this issue.
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    The penalty for female genitalia mutilation should be castration.
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    More prison time is like putting a bandage over a dirty wound. Intervention, education and support programs are the answer. Yet my President, my current administration and a majority of my congress chooses to cut social and healthcare programs for women. My congress needs to remove my President from office by all legal means. Please save OUR democracy.
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    In my opinion 15 years is too short of a term. The girls that have this done to them have to live with it for the rest of their lives; so maybe we should make the people who do it have to live with their mistake for the rest of their lives.
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    Why is this bill excluding males? Circumcising males at birth at birth should be illegal as well.
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    Penalty for female genital mutilation should be life, that is how long it is going to be for that girl. What is sad is women vote for people that abuses women? Also why do people vote for a Pedifile and abuser in general? The democrats condemned and ask for resignation of their members. The republicans party believes the men? They need to read and see Time’s person of the year “Silence Breakers”!
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    The penalty should be increased from 5 to 50 years.
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    Can we please stop comparing FGM to circumcision? Circumcision isn’t necessary, however it’s nothing compared to the horrific trauma these young girls face. Boys are babies when they’re circumcised and won’t remember the experience, whereas these girls will never be able to forget that kind of horror.
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    Life!!! Women's lives are forever changed and parts of them (physically and otherwise) are lost FOR NO SOUND REASON.
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    This is a sick cultural practice.
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    Longer prison sentences don’t deter crime. Education and change at the cultural level is required to mitigate this issue.
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    This should be an easy vote. 5 years is hardly a punishment.
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    Great start now let's protect the boys too.
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    I sadly vote for a minimum of 15 years. But honestly I think that there needs to be an attempt at education so that this cultural practice can be questioned by the culture itself. There needs to be much more reporting on what happens to girls who undergo this procedure. Do all the men in this culture really understand that this is basically castration? That it causes horrifically painful complications? In any human culture heinous cultural practices are supported by a huge amount of denial. How can we help to break the denial? How can we really get the men (and women) to see and understand what is truly happening here? It is human nature to be in a lot of denial about a cultural practice. It would be wonderful to hear more men in the culture speak out about this. There are always many men no matter how patriarchal the culture that love women and that understand that any attack on a woman’s humanity is equally an attack on their own. No matter what, I choose to believe in the inherent goodness within each human being. Punishment only goes so far and sadly it often creates even more resistance to what it is trying to change.
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    15 years is not enough !! Life in prison or the death penalty!! Then eternity in Hell
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    I agree with Rodney. The punishment for female genital mutilation should be life without parole
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    Yes but prison time will not prevent acts committed out of ignorance or because of primitive cultural traditions. Education is the real answer to prevention, but the GOP doesn’t believe in spending money on education or prevention because they don’t actually care about women. Only filling the private prison industry’s cells with uneducated non-whites.
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    I see this in the same way as cutting off a man’s penis. A longer sentence is more appropriate.
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    This is the United States of America we don't mutilate our women and we don't allow anyone else to either. This is the sickest of Assaults perpetrated but goes in line for very sick minded devils and shows a complete
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    While men will step forward and ask why male circumcision is not also included in the bill, female pharonic circumcision excises clitoral tissue, and is meant to rob women of the ability to experience sexual pleasure, usually by patriarchical societies. In men, it does not cause reduction or disfunction, and has proven to reduce exposure to the transmission of HIV/AIDS
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    Yes. This is an act taken against minors who have no choice in the matter. I’m not certain that 15 years is adequate. Genital mutilation is permanent, painful, has a permanent effect on sexual fulfillment and may be life threatening in some cases. How would men like those same parts cut away, often without anesthesia, then live their life’s with the consequences of their guardian’s decision? No adults choice should permanently deny a minor’s right to make such a decision for themselves once they reach the age of majority. This is cruelty.
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