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Anti-FGM Activist: Maine Democrats Offering Safe Harbor for Mutilators

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State lawmakers excoriated for shooting down measure to criminalize barbaric and brutal procedure
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August 9, 2017
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Democrats in the Maine legislature have once again killed an effort to ban the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, known in abbreviated form as FGM...
“Shockingly, female Democratic legislative leadership consistently voted against this FGM crime bill,” said Elizabeth Yore, head of End FGM Today, in a statement released on Tuesday. “So much for female empowerment and child protection in the Pine Tree State. Thus, Maine assumes the dubious distinction of becoming the safe-harbor state for mutilators.”
“According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half a million women and girls are at risk for genital mutilation in the U.S.,” Yore continued. “Yet Maine Democratic women leaders refused to listen to the cries and pleas of these girls, but would rather participate in cheap political stunts than fight for the human rights of our youngest victims.”...
Yore said that Democrats are beholden to extreme multiculturalism that would sacrifice women and girls’ physical well-being — indeed possibly their very lives.
“It seems to be that the liberal legislators worship at the altar of diversity and cultural tolerance,” she said. “They also march to the orders of the ACLU, which vigorously opposed this bill.”...
That Muslim women and girls in Maine and elsewhere in the United States are at risk of being subjected to FGM is undeniable.
“The federal government recognizes that Maine is in the top tier of states at risk for female genital mutilation,” she said. “This data is drawn from one of the highest per capita of Somali refugees residing in Maine.”
“UNICEF found that 97 percent of Somali girls are subjected to FGM,” Yore continued. “The CDC reports that over 500,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the United States.” But the real numbers could be far higher, according to End FGM Today...


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