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Elizabeth Yore in Townhall: Maine Now a Safe Harbor for FGM Mutilators

By Elizabeth Yore for Townhall.com | Image from Townhall

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, when America focuses on programs, laws and resources to raise awareness to prevent the ongoing epidemic of child abuse in America. Ironically, Maine child advocates celebrated “The Week of the Young Child”April 16-20.

This week, Maine House Democrats sent a clear message that female genital mutilation (FGM) performed on young girls should not be a crime in their state. So much for child abuse prevention.

And so, in the month dedicated to the prevention of the abuse of children the Maine, House Democrats, along with their leadership voted against “The Act to Prohibit FGM against the minor child,” by a party line vote with 69 GOP (and 1 Dem) voting for the bill and 77 Dems and Independents voting against an FGM bill that would  criminalize female genital mutilation. Continue reading…