The bill would have held any doctor or mutilator, consenting parents/guardians and transporters accountable for their role in forcing a girl to undergo FGM; exacting penalties from each of these individuals.
The legislation should have passed with flying colors, however Democrats — except one — shot it down due to ad hominem cries against Republican legislator Rep. Heather Sirocki, who is one of the bill’s sponsors.
Via Clarion Project: Specifically, the Southern Poverty Law Center published emails between Sirocki and a Maine member of ACT for America, which the law center bogusly claims is “the largest anti-Muslim hate group in the United States.”
During testimony regarding the bill, Leftist activists questioned why a white woman was fighting so hard to defend immigrant girls and accused the sponsors of the bill of being racists, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant. Listen to the accusations by clicking here
Legislators also heard heart breaking testimony from an FGM survivor, yet they were not moved. Listen below:
It was just last week that House Democrats passed a bill, appearing to ban FGM but doesn’t. They removed the penalties for parties involved in the crime, additionally the phrase “mutilation” is completely removed from the definition of this barbaric practice.
Luckily House Republicans rejected this bill as soon as it came through the door.
Sending it back to the state’s Senate, they placed the penalties for people connected to the crime back in. It passed the Senate with a big vote of 30 in favor and 5 opposed; no need to say the opposition were extremely liberal.
One may wonder why state legislation criminalizing FGM is needed since FGM has been illegal in the U.S. on a federal level since 1996. This reason is that, until a recent case in Michigan, federal legislation has been insufficient to stopping FGM since prosecutors usually defer to state law when charging a crime.
In practical terms, what this has meant is that in states that do not have their own laws criminalizing the practice, perpetrators are usually charged with child abuse, assault or the like, which results in lesser sentences.
In fact, the on-going case in Michigan is the very first instance of a federal FGM prosecution since the federal legislation was passed 22 years ago.
“That’s one reason that state legislation is important,” said Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation Senior Director Amanda Parker. “It gives prosecutors the tools that they need to really fight this.”
Clarion Project writer MEIRA SVIRSKY goes into detail about FGM:
FGM is a barbaric practice commonly found in (but not limited to) Muslim countries across the world that involves either cutting off part of or the entire clitoris, removing the labia, narrowing the vaginal opening and/or executing other painful alterations to a woman’s genitals for no medical purpose, according to the World Health Organization.
It involves intense pain, shock, sometimes even death. Survivors are plagued with a lifetime of emotional trauma as well as severe physical effects ranging from decreased or lack of sexual response to painful intercourse and childbirth, at best.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately 513,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the United States.
There are literally no words to describe the audacity of these Maine lawmakers who have, by their actions, condemned innumerable women and girls to a lifetime of avoidable pain and suffering. Their suggestion that it is “racist” for a white woman to advocate for the basic human rights of a non-white woman is not only an outrageous proposition but falls squarely in the very definition of racism.
What is the future for a country that has devolved into making the sexual mutilation of women and girls into a partisan issue?