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FGM could be made illegal in New Jersey
The state assembly in New Jersey is voting on the possibility of making female genital mutilation (FGM) on minors illegal.
Members of the state senate have already approved the planned legislation, which was put forward by the AHA Foundation.
The group is concerned that while some FGM cases have been reported in the US in recent years, many more are remaining hidden, which means official figures showing the extent of the problem could be highly inaccurate.
"Because this is a private ritual that occurs within the secrecy of the family, there is no way of knowing exactly how prevalent (FGM) is," the foundation remarked.
According to the World Health Organization, the practice does not offer any health benefits to females and can actually make them more vulnerable to various problems in the future.
For instance, it believes FGM victims can often experience urinary problems, infections and cysts, as well as complications during childbirth.
Posted by Alexandra George