REPORT: Minnesota lawmaker’s push for tougher female genital mutilation law faces opposition


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Republican state legislator Mary Franson has spent two years pushing for a new state law that would allow tougher prosecution of parents who facilitate or allow the genital mutilation of their daughters.

But Franson and supporters of those who want to punish more than just the practitioners of the horribly painful and widely condemned practice are finding opposition, both active and passive, to what its supporters believe should be a legislative no-brainer.

The article goes on to state the following:

“The bill makes FGM (female genital mutilation) a felony, and it empowers social services to come in and take those kids out of the home and remove the parental right from those parents,” Franson told Fox News in an interview. “This is completely on par with child endangerment such as criminal sexual conduct or assault with a dangerous weapon – anything that causes substantial bodily harm.”

Fox News further reported:

An estimated 8,000 girls endure FGM around the world every day, a practice the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies as a serious human rights violation. The practice brings with it serious physical and emotional health consequences, including sexual dysfunction, incontinence, increased risk of HIV transmission, the risk of infection, and uncontrolled bleeding.

But Franson’s efforts have been far from smooth sailing. When her bill first hit the floor in 2017, it faced tough questioning from several lawmakers – among them then-state legislator and current U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, who suggested Franson was using the bill as a bid for press attention.

“What I don’t want us to do is to create laws because we want to get in the media,” Omar stated in a committee at the time. “What I would like to have been done is to have (the parents) charged with laws that already exist.”

The report states that Omar did eventually, and very quietly, vote to support Franson’s bill, but the Minnesota State Senate has taken no action on it. Franson blames Omar for not speaking out more, and said it was pressure from the large Somali community which Omar represented that kept the bill from moving forward.

Franson is re-introducing her bill this year.  CLICK HERE to read more of this exclusive report from Fox News.

Franson tweeted last week that she agreed with President Trump’s statement, when he said Rep. Ilhan Omar should not be serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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