Democrats come out in support of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Saturday, April 28, 2018

All but two Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives reportedly voted down a legislative bill that would have outlawed a barbaric form of genital mutilation known as female circumcision.

After letting the bill sit and almost expire, 72 Democrats decided on the last day of the legislative session to vote in favor of scrapping the bill, meaning female genital mutilation will continue to be permitted in the Pine Tree State.

Christopher W. Babbidge from Kennebunk and Catherine M. Nadeau of Winslow were the only two defecting Democrats who resisted voting along party lines against the ban. Not a single Maine Republican voted against the ban.

“Unfortunately, I am not surprised at all,” stated Representative Karen A. Gerrish, the ranking Republican on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety (CJPS) Committee, as quoted by Maine First Media.

The Maine House had brought forward one of the two minority reports from the CJPS Committee that suggested the bill “ought not to pass.” And while Rep. Gerrish expected some Democrats to support this position, she didn’t expect the vast majority of them to do so.

“What did surprise me was the unanimous support in the Senate, and I thank them for understanding the seriousness of the issue,” she added in a public comment.

“I did find it remarkable that 65 House members, primarily Democrats, supported the ‘ought not to pass’ motion. I expected some to back that motion, but much less. I expected maybe 25 or so of the far-Left liberal Democrats to support killing the bill outright. But 65, wow.”

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