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House Bill 406 — Female genital mutilation, child

House Bill 406 — Female genital mutilation, child

Parrish Miller
February 10, 2020

Bill description: HB 406 make it a criminal act to remove a female child from the state to bring about genital mutilation. It also makes it a criminal to give permission to someone else to remove the child, knowing that genital mutilation will result.

Rating: +1

Does it violate the spirit or the letter of either the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution? Examples include restrictions on speech, public assembly, the press, privacy, private property, or firearms. Conversely, does it restore or uphold the protections guaranteed in the US Constitution or the Idaho Constitution?

HB 406 is intended to protect female children from genital mutilation by making it a felony to knowingly give permission for or permit such a practice.

Additionally, HB 406 makes it a felony to knowingly remove or cause, permit, or facilitate the removal of a child from this state for the purpose of facilitating genital mutilation of a female child.

The crimes defined in HB 406 involve actual victims suffering clearly identifiable harm. Therefore, the protections and penalties included in the bill are justified.


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