State Representative Janel
Female Genital Mutilation in Wisconsin
Female genital mutilation (FGM)
is an absolutely barbaric and heinous act that targets
innocent young girls. Most of the time, the victims are
between the ages of five to twelve. The vast majority of
these procedures are done without a serious medical
reason, and are simply aimed at depriving the victim
from ever experiencing sexual pleasure throughout her
life. It is indeed castration for women, and young girls
are the targets.
Though the practice is
prohibited under federal law, that doesn't mean it's not
happening. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
an estimated 513,000 women and girls in the United
States are at risk of falling victim to FGM. Michigan,
in particular, has become a hotspot for this appalling
A bill that I'm working on
aims to increase the punishments for those involved in
perpetrating this despicable act. Namely, the parents/
guardians of the victim who request or knowingly permit
the procedure, the physician who performs the procedure,
and anyone who knowingly transports the victim to the
location the procedure takes place will be subject to
FGM has no place in a
civilized society such as ours, one that highly values
and protects the rights of woman of all ages. This bill
will increase protection for young girls across this
state, and will hold those who violate their body fully
accountable. The bill imposes harsher penalties in three
Anyone found guilty of
performing the procedure on a female minor will be
subject to up to 25 years in prison and/ or a
$100,000 fine. In addition, any allegations of a
physician performing these procedures will be
treated as an allegation of unprofessional conduct.
Any parents/ guardians
of a female minor found guilty of requesting or
knowingly permitting the procedure will be subject
to up to 25 years in prison and/ or a $100,000 fine.
Anyone found guilty of
knowingly transporting a female minor to the
location the procedure took place will be subject to
up to six years in prison and/ or a $10,000 fine.
The Wisconsin state
government's first priority is the protection of it's
citizens, and that includes the most vulnerable among
us. I hope this bill sends a clear message that this
type of horrid abuse will not be tolerated in our great
Every biennium, the State
of Wisconsin issues a "blue book" that contains a
variety of information regarding our state, including
information on all the elected officials and various
statistics that show Wisconsin is a great place to live.
In them, you will find information regarding
agriculture, business, state exports, population
demographics, and much more. Each legislator gets a
sizeable quantity for their constituents.
For those of you in the
22nd Assembly District, please e-mail your name and
Rep.Brandtjen@legis.wisconsin.gov or call (608)
267-2367 if you wish to receive a blue book. For those
of you outside the district, contact your representative
or senator, and they will be more than happy to send you
a blue book.
As Thanksgiving is a time
of reflection, I wanted to say how thankful I am to God
for my family, how thankful I am to live in the great
nation of ours, and how thankful I am to serve the 22nd
Assembly District. I have truly been blessed in my life.
I view my time serving the district with great fondness,
and am truly thankful that you all have given me to
opportunity to do so.
I sincerely hope everyone
enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday, and that it's filled
with the blessings of family and friends.
Have a Happy
Thanksgiving, and God Bless