Senate File 346 - Reprinted SENATE FILE 346 BY COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (SUCCESSOR TO SF 212) (As Amended and Passed by the Senate March 12, 2019 ) A BILL FOR An Act creating the criminal offense of female genital 1 mutilation and providing penalties. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 SF 346 (2) 88 pf/rh/jh
S.F. 346 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 708.16 Female genital mutilation. 1 1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, a person 2 who knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates, in whole or 3 in part, the labia majora, labia minora, or clitoris of a minor 4 commits a class “D” felony. 5 2. A surgical procedure is not a violation of subsection 6 1 if the procedure is performed by a medical professional who 7 holds a current license in this state necessary to perform the 8 surgical procedure under any of the following circumstances: 9 a. When necessary to protect the health of the minor on whom 10 the procedure is performed. 11 b. When performed on a minor who is in labor or who has just 12 given birth and is performed for medical purposes connected 13 with that labor or birth. 14 3. In determining whether a surgical procedure performed 15 pursuant to subsection 2, paragraph “a” , is a violation of 16 subsection 1, consideration shall not be given to any belief 17 the minor or any other person holds that the surgical procedure 18 is required based on custom or ritual. 19 4. A person who knowingly transports a minor within or 20 outside of this state for the purpose of performing a procedure 21 that would be a violation of subsection 1 if the procedure 22 occurred in this state, commits a class “D” felony. 23 -1- SF 346 (2) 88 pf/rh/jh 1/ 1