Petition to Protest Female Genital Mutilation Bill to Stop the Practice in Maine Shot Down

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Female Genital Mutilation is the barbaric practice of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons.The practice of doing this to anyone, under the age of 18, in the United States of America has been a felony since 1996 when the Female Genital Mutilation Act was passed, stating that “whoever knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”  

Despite this, the first time someone was charged with this was in 2017, when in Michigan, two doctors and the spouse of one them were charged with committing this act on two seven year old girls. 

Twenty-six states in our country have state-laws against this, as well. The following twenty-four have been a battle to place state laws in. The reason these laws have been met with resistance in the remaining states is because it is hard for people to separate this barbaric practice with the religion of Islam. 

This brings us to Maine in 2017 where a republican bill to criminalize female genital mutilation was shot down, and again, in April of 2018. The reason for the resistance is the same as in other states, the inability to separate Islam and this horrible act. Maine has 10,000 Somalian people there. This country is legally Islamic and 98% of women there have suffered through female genital mutilation. In fear of seeming Islamophobic, the House of Democrats deny this law that would protect young girls from this atrocity happening to them. 

This is unacceptable in our country. We should do everything in our power to protect the rights and safety of all children in our country. This is not what is happening here, and we cannot turn a blind eye to this. We cannot let people who preform female genital mutilation have a safe haven in our country. We should send the message to young girls that they will be protected here, we will not let this happen to them. 

We, who sign this, ask that Maine reconsider this law. We ask that our young girls are kept safe.



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