States Must Pass Laws Against FGM

State Legislators

Be heard by legislators in your state.                                                             Sign the petition to Stop FGM.

Alabama - Alaska - Arkansas - Connecticut - Hawaii - Idaho - Indiana - Iowa

Kentucky - Maine - Massachusetts - Mississippi - Montana - Nebraska - New Mexico

North Carolina - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Utah - Vermont - Washington - Wyoming

UPDATE January 6, 2019: Ohio is the 28th state to criminalize FGM!

UPDATE July 3, 2018: New Hampshire becomes the 27th state to criminalize FGM!

22 U.S. states still don't have laws against female genital mutilation. Every state must make it clear: American values MUST be backed by American laws.

Sign the petition today to send a powerful message that the horrific practice of female genital mutilation should be illegal everywhere. We can use our collective voice to urge politicians to enact laws that protect women and girls. Together, we can #StopFGM.

About America Matters #StopFGM Campaign:

In the U.S., approximately 500,000 girls are at risk for undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Globally, the figure is even more staggering, with over 200 million women and girls having undergone FGM.

America Matters #StopFGM campaign has brought forward a powerful coalition of survivors, activists, doctors, lawyers, and scholars from around the globe to work together to end the practice of FGM under any pretext.

Click her to learn more about #StopFGM.

Get Involved:

After signing the petition, you can reach out to your state legislators and ask them directly to make FGM illegal in your home state. Make sure to follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and for more ways to get involved.

Petition by
America Matters
Arlington, Virginia

To: State Legislators
From: [Your Name]

Earlier this year, a 44-year-old American-born emergency room physician, Dr. Jumala Nagarwala, from the Detroit Bohra Muslim community, practiced female genital mutilation against two seven-year-old girls. Rather than in a back alley, she performed this on-site at a medical clinic owned by another doctor. In the office after hours, two trusting little girls were ushered in by their parents for a cut that has irreparably mutilated them and destroyed their ability to feel the most sensitive parts of themselves, even after they marry later in life.

And yet, 23 states do not have laws banning female genital mutilation (FGM). We urge state legislators to pass laws passing laws at the state level against FGM.