In the State of Maine, Democrats have won a vote by 76 to 71 to STOP Female Genital Mutilation being made illegal. In this shocking move, they have instead decided that the best way to challenge Muslim communities in the US from mutilating young girls, is to run a range of outreach programs aimed at educating people. It is a massive failure of duty.
The latest studies show that since 2002 the number of women and girls at risk of FGM has tripled and that there are now over half a million women and girls at risk of this. It is carried out in over 30 countries around the world as a standard practice, and there are over 200 million people who have suffered through it.
But it is not just Maine; other states have also stooped laws from coming into play that would protect girls from this devastating operation.
In the UK, FGM has been against the law for more than 30 years, but due to a lack of political will, not a single prosecution has ever successfully taken place. And with more and more Islamic migration to Europe and the Americas, this is a problem that will only get worse; it is an issue that needs to be addressed but will likely never come about.
As reported in Young Conservatives:
Female genital mutilation is a horrific practice and crime.
And it’s on the rise in the United States as more immigrants who practice it enter the country.
It would seem a clear wrong that everyone would want to condemn through the law.
But apparently not so much.
At least not if you’re a Democrat representative in Maine.
From Press Herald:
House lawmakers voted narrowly on Tuesday to create an education and outreach program aimed at stopping “female genital mutilation” in immigrant communities but stopped short of giving prosecutors additional tools against the practice.
After a lengthy and emotional debate, the House voted 76-71 against creating a new crime of “female genital mutilation” – on top of existing federal and state prohibitions – for a procedure estimated by the United Nations to have been performed on at least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries. Instead, House Democrats supported a version that directs the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to establish outreach and education programs featuring “culturally specific services for communities in the state wherein which female genital mutilation of minors might be practiced.”
Yes, if you can believe it, Democrats refused to make it a crime, preferring just to have a ‘cultural’ program to advise people who might engage in the practice.
Protip: one can educate and at the same time make it a crime to significantly increase the deterrent factor.
What was the excuse given for taking this position?
“I do not believe that it is happening in the state of Maine. I truly do not believe that,” said Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt, D-South Portland. “And I believe if it was happening, it would be prosecuted vigorously by the federal (laws) or by the abuse statutes in this state.”
But Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, said that since introducing the bill she has heard from numerous people in Maine – including some in the medical field – with personal stories about seeing female genital mutilation.
Some also argued that making it a crime might offend people or put immigrants in fear.
But it’s exactly why it has to be made a specific crime because those who grew up with it might not consider it a crime and might think if there is some consent from parents that it isn’t assault.
It’s not really rocket science that it should be a crime.
And people that practice it should be in fear.
Fear is good, it might prevent them from practicing it.
Where are the Democrats, speaking out against the war on women?
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