In Maine, the House voted AGAINST making Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) an illegal act. It was a narrow vote, 76-71, and they instead chose to launch a series of programs that would “educate” people on why it is wrong.
The idea that an outreach program will change ingrained practices of people who refuse to change is ludicrous; it is child abuse and should be deemed by the courts of Law as such.
FGM has been performed on more than 200 million people worldwide and is getting more and more prevalent in the US. If State governments are not protecting the interests of children, then they are not doing their duty and need to either step down, or be voted out in the next election. Any cultural practices that involve the permannet damage of children is by rights wrong.
As reported in Young Cons:
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.