Maloney Applauds Pelosi’s Decision to Defend Law Banning FGM/C in Response to DOJ Inaction

May 1, 2019
Press Release
Rep. Maloney Requested that the Speaker intervene after DOJ refused to defend the 1996 law

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), who last week wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to step in to defend the law banning Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), today praised the Speaker’s announcement that the House of Representatives has filed a motion to do just that. This comes after the recent U.S. Department of Justice decision to not defend the 1996 law after it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in Michigan.

“The filing of this brief shows what a difference it makes to have a pro-woman, pro-civil rights majority in charge in the House of Representatives. Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is a cruel, grotesque and extremely painful procedure that causes physical and psychological harm that can last a lifetime. It is internationally recognized as a human rights violation and must be outlawed nationwide. The Trump Administration’s decision to not step in to defend the law barring this practice is just a continuation of its war on women and girls, which seems to know no bounds. I am so grateful to Speaker Pelosi for giving this issue the attention it deserves and for stepping up to defend women and girls from this horrific practice.”