Michigan State Senate unanimously approved legislation by State Rep. Peter Lucido to allow the termination of parental rights for anyone who forces their child to undergo a female genital mutilation (FGM).

The procedure is intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. Anyone convicted may be brought in for a separate legal hearing to determine the child's best interest.

"Nobody who forces their child to undergo an FGM should be legally allowed to continue to be a parent to that child because they are clearly not concerned with the well-being of their own flesh and blood," Rep. Lucido said, vice chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. "Children who go through this barbaric act are brutalized mentally and physically, which is not justified for being a parent."

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