As Speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, Susan Collins’ Senate Challenger Killed Bills Outlawing Female Genital Mutilation
Maine Democrat Senate Candidate Sara Gideon repeatedly killed legislation that would have outlawed female genital mutilation when she was speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Gideon, who is now challenging Republican Susan Collins for her Senate seat, leveraged her leadership position in the Democrat-controlled legislature to kill two separate pieces of legislation criminalizing the practice. Instead she supported a different law that would have distributed $150,000 to her political allies to educate Mainers about FGM, rather than banning it, according to a former state legislator.
The Free Beacon continues by saying that the legislature’s Democrats had argued that the ban would be racist toward Maine’s Somali community, a country where the practice is “nearly universal,” according to the United Nations. The Democrats also argued that the ban would be unnecessary since FGM rarely takes place in Maine and is also already illegal under existing federal and local laws.
F.A. Cole, a survivor of the horrific practice who testified before the Maine legislature, told the Free Beacon that “[T]he Democrats, especially the Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, did everything she could in her power to just kill this bill. I could not understand why.”
Considered a violation of human rights by the U.N., FGM causes various medical problems such as infections, excessive bleeding, difficulty passing urine, and potential death. A Public Health Reports study from 2012 estimated that more than 500,000 women and girls in the U.S. were at risk for female genital mutilation or its consequences.
Remember this when the Democrat party tells you it’s the “party of women.” It’s hard to get more misogynistic than to oppose a ban of the evil practice of FGM.