Sen. John Cooper and Rep. Brandt Smith of Jonesboro last week co-sponsored a bill to make female genital mutilation a felony.

Ritual removal of female genitalia, sometimes called female circumcision, is found mostly in some African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. It’s outlawed most places and is considered a human rights violation.

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Happening in Craighhead County? I’ve asked the legislators. Their bill wouldn’t allow consent or religious practice to be used as a defense.

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