4/8/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
The new Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Female Genital Mutilation Ban bill has finally been drafted and assigned a legislative document number.
Sources at the Capitol tell Maine First Media, the Senate is expected to vote on LD 1904, An Act To Prohibit the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation of a Minor, this week.
As Maine First Media has previously reported, the Senate is expected to vote on this version of the bill, and it will likely pass.
However, the House is expected to vote on a toothless, amended version of the bill, where the feckless version will likely pass.
The speculation from lawmakers Maine First Media spoke to is, the House and Senate will not be able to reconcile the two versions of the bill.
You can read a full explanation of the two version and why the bill is expected to be heading for a dead end, by clicking here.
The chief contention between sides all session long has been over charging accomplices (parents/guardians and transporters) with a crime for this barbaric act of ritual child abuse.
At a controversial public hearing on the bill, multiple Somali immigrants, who suffered FGM themselves, spoke out against the ban, citing, of course, “racism.”
After initially introducing the ban, crusader against child abuse, Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) was targeted by the hate group, Southern Poverty Law Center with a smear campaign. Maine’s Fake News outlets were quick to follow SPLC’s lead.
FGM Ban critics in Maine also used the tactic of arguing over small words to stall the bill.
Female Genital Mutilation is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. In some cultures, the vulva is sewn shut, only to be ripped open on the woman’s wedding night. The practice is designed to curb sexual desire in women.
If the bill is indeed headed for a dead end this session, it won’t be the first time. Last legislative session, Democrats blocked an FGM ban from passing.
Maine First Media will continue to follow this bill as it makes its way through the legislature.