Democrats would rather support senseless torture than upset the Muslim community.
Genital mutilation is practiced in various locations throughout the world as a way to control the female population. Removal of the tip of a woman’s clitoris results in numb or nonexistent feeling during intercourse because that pleasure is reserved for men only. Typically this barbaric act is performed well before the young girl has any knowledge of sexual urges, usually this form of surgical procedure occurs sometime from birth to age 15.
America is not one of the countries that allows this behavior, until now. On Thursday the state of Maine’s House of Representatives voted against the criminalization of this heinous act, stating that laws already in place will provide proper justice to the victims of this life long mutilation.
The Portland Press Herald reports that on Thursday, the Maine House of Representatives voted against creating a new crime of “female genital mutilation.” Instead, there will be an “education and outreach” program to discourage the barbaric act in immigrant communities.
“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.
The Maine DHHS recently issued guidelines clarifying that all “mandatory reporters” of child abuse – such as doctors, child care providers or teachers –must report suspected incidents of the practice, which is often called FGM. Yet Sirocki pointed out that the Maine Prosecutors Association, representing district attorneys in the state, supported elevating the practice to its own felony crime because some prosecutors question whether it is “aggravated assault when the parents and the children consent.”
“I think this illustrates clearly that we need to have clear law in Maine on this issue,” Sirocki said.