FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WBA APPLAUDS MA SENATE FOR PASSING BILL BANNING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
BOSTON, MA - July 31, 2020 - The Women's Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts would like to thank MA Senate President Karen Spilka, bill sponsor Senator Joe Boncore (D-First Suffolk and Middlesex), and Senate members for today's passage of bill H4606 "An Act Relative to the Penalties for the Crime of Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM)" in Massachusetts. The MA House had passed the bill on July 16th, and now it goes to Governor Baker, who has 10 days to sign the bill. “Today, we are one step closer to the FGM bill becoming law. I am especially proud of the WBA members over the past few years including Deborah Benson, Joanne Golden, Jean Zeiler, Kate Symmonds, Danielle McCourt, Beth Muir Watters, Jessica Cruzzati-Flavius, as well as our WBA Legislative Policy Committee for their tireless advocacy on behalf of women and girls in Massachusetts,” said WBA President Nicole Forbes.
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Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and events and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.
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