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Maine: Battle over female genital mutilation bill raging

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 3, 2018

Diversity is beautiful alert!

This is one of those great ‘fun’ political debates you will get to have once the population of Muslims, mostly from East Africa, ‘find their way’ to your state. 

Maine, especially Lewiston, is the Somali capital of the East!

The story at the Press Herald is long and detailed, but what you might see as a ‘no brainer’—-making it illegal to subject anyone to this form of abuse, or to take someone out of the country to have it done—isn’t a no-brainer for the Leftwing women and the Southern Poverty Law Center which oppose the bill.

Here is a bit of the story from the Portland Press Herald just to give you the flavor:


AUGUSTA — There are parts of the world where it has long been common for adult women to slice away girls’ external genital tissue in a bid to dampen their sexual desires.

Though Maine is a long way from anywhere this has traditionally been a problem, a battle is raging among lawmakers about whether the state ought to have a law specifically barring female genital mutilation.

Safiya Khalid

Safiya Khalid: “It is horrible.” But, here’s what I want to know: if the Somalis in Maine are truly refugees why are they going back to Africa for any reason? Isn’t that the place they claim they were “persecuted.”

The operation to slice off all or part of a woman’s clitoris and labia is prohibited under federal law and is almost certainly banned by existing, broader Maine statutes. In addition, there is no solid evidence that the procedure, also called female circumcision, is happening in Maine.


One provision in a bill legislators are considering also would make it a felony to take a girl outside Maine to have someone cut her genital tissue without a medical reason, which is already illegal under federal law.

Safiya Khalid, a Somali-American from Lewiston who serves on the city’s library board, said Friday that “old school” women in her community “wouldn’t risk” having the procedure done on a child in Maine, but some might take their daughters back to Africa for it. She doesn’t know anyone who’s had it done, she said, but she thinks it probably has occurred.

“It’s a horrible experience,” Khalid said of the procedure, which is typically done without anesthesia. “It’s just terrible.”


Critics of the proposal see it as a thinly disguised attack on African immigrants, especially Somalis who hail from an area where female genital mutilation is widespread, basically a swath from Somalia on the east coast of Africa to Sierra Leone on the west, an area that includes Muslims, Christians and animists.

Kate Brogan

Kate Brogan opposes the measure because it promotes stereotypes of Somalis.

There is an “insidious assumption that members of Maine’s Somali community support this harmful practice,” Maine Family Planning’s Kate Brogan told lawmakers.


A 2017 survey of the immigrant community in Maine by Partnerships for Health found that 71 percent think the practice is harmful and 82 percent believe it shouldn’t happen. [Do the math based on numbers in next paragraph, this still leaves a couple of thousand Maine immigrants who are fine with the mutilation!—ed]

The issue has particular resonance in the Lewiston-Auburn area given the influx of immigrants in the past two decades from countries where the practice is common. About 7,500 East Africans have moved to Androscoggin County and another 5,000 to Cumberland County in that time, according to the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine.

Some of the women and girls who moved to Maine underwent the illegal procedure in their home countries, though specifics are hard to come by. Khalid said she knows “a lot of friends and people who had it done” to them before coming to America.


Supporters of the measure, pushed in part by an anti-Muslim hate group, said girls need protection.

What the hell! Act for America is an “anti-Muslim hate group.” 

How dare this reporter and this paper swallow the Southern Poverty Law Center’s propaganda without question! It is a disgrace! Do they not know how discredited the SPLC has become?  Has ACT contacted the paper and asked for a retraction?

I guess we are left to conclude from SPLC’s involvement in Maine—the Southern Poverty Law Center supports Female Genital Mutilation.

See my archive on Maine, here and one specifically on Lewiston, here.

12 Responses to “Maine: Battle over female genital mutilation bill raging”

  1. Roy Wagner said

    And one of my Facebook friends is a Nurse in the State of Ohio where she has personally had to treat young women who were Victims of this heinous crime! IT is time for any candidate for any office to speak out FORCEFULLY Against this horrible Crime or never claim to be a Public Servant EVER!


  2. Really? Mgm is far more rampant, but I guess no one cares about baby boys.


    • Roy Wagner said

      You are Really comparing Male Circumcision to the Female Genital Mutilization that the Islams perform on their young girls? Ignorance blinded by Stupidity with a dash of Liberal Bias?


  3. I have heard of the SPLC for at least ten years they were nutballs then and they are nutballs now only worst. They take donations from anybody stupid enough to waste their money. That bunch has tried to discredit every organization they can find that has something to say that they don’t happen to like. Its to bad they can’t be put out of business but it looks like the left has discovered them an will be using them for all they are worth.

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  4. Desdi said

    Amazing and sad to see multi-culti leftist feminists do an about-face on this issue and refuse to stand against FGM.
    I have lived in E. Africa where this is practiced. It’s all bad but infibulation is the worst.


  5. Reblogged this on islamnewworldorder and commented:
    WTH is going on in Maine? It is beginning to seem (like in Europe where one country at a time is falling to islam) that the same thing is beginning to happen in America, one state at a time.
    I’ll start with Maine, then New York, Virginia, Indiana, (Michigan, absolutely) Minnesota, (pieces of Texas and Arizona) YES, even Texas and Arizona, and for certain California and Washington state.
    That’s ten states heading DOWN!
    Lord! Even I didn’t know how bad it’s getting.
    And it seems also that all (or most) MSM pays solid attention to the most hateful hate-group of all, SPLC!

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  6. In a sane country, there would be no battle over FGM at all–NONE!!

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  7. said


    Good for Safiya Khalid..

    Not so much for Kate Brogan..

    I just sent the SPLC the following email message and question:

    “Does the SPLC support and defend “female genital mutilation” in the United States?

    YES or NO please.. Please exercise thrift in terms of your response.

    Your answer will be published publicly, and via a national publication, either way.

    Thank you”

    I will await their answer…which is likely not to come..

    These people are the worst of life in my view…

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  8. said

    send them all back now  

    Liked by 1 person

  9. TakeBackOurRepublic said

    Ann, while the SPLC has been discredited by conservatives they are being heralded by the communist liberals who have co-opted the media and most social platforms. Just this week the SPLC was tasked, along with 10,000 new hires, to censure hate speech and bullying (i.e. dissenting views) on YouTube. Free speech and free thought on the internet as we’ve known it is almost gone and this hate group is making sure of it. There are new platforms to move to and they are (twitter replacement), and and (YouTube replacements)

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  10. Bob Enos said

    Ms. Khalid doesn’t know ANYONE who has been subjected to female genital mutilation?? The World Health Organization says that at least 90% of Somali females have either been subjected to FGM or are likely to be subjected to it. Ms. Khalid: please, what do you take us for, idiots? By the way, the Press Herald article makes no mention of “infibulation”, the FGM of choice in Somali culture, in which all but a small opening in the vagina (for urination) is actually SEWN SHUT.

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