PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, July 5, 2017:
Female genital mutilation, common in some African and Asian countries, is becoming a health crisis in Western countries.
European countries are seeing reported FGM cases explode due to immigration and open support for the practice by Islamic leaders:
Meanwhile, at least two U.S. states have seen anti-FGM legislation blocked this year. Those opposed to the bills are claiming “racism” and “Islamophobia” — meanwhile, federal prosecutors have charged four individuals in Detroit in a case that may have more than 100 FGM victims:
The BBC reported yesterday:
The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.
Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found.
A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals.
The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, hospitals and mental health trusts to report any new cases in their patients.
FGM — intentionally altering or injuring the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons — carries a sentence of up to 14 years in jail.
NHS officials treated 9,179 women with FGM from April 2016 to March 2017.The 5,391 cases were victims recorded for the first time during that period:
Despite education efforts against the practice, the numbers have barely dropped:
At that present rate, the practice would take decades to eradicate. So despite being made illegal, why is FGM persisting in the UK? One obvious reason is that UK authorities won’t pursue prosecutions:
As thousands of new cases are added annually, UK officials defend their refusal to prosecute offenders:
Among the reasons offered as to why there should be no prosecutions for FGM offenders are claims that doing so would target minorities and immigrants, or incite “Islamophobia.”
In the U.S., where reports of FGM have tripled over the past 20 years, there has been similar pushback and lack of prosecution:
Those same claims of racism and targeting immigrants used in the UK were trotted out by FGM defenders when Minnesota took up legislation earlier this year:
Thereby slowing or stalling the anti-FGM bills:
A similar anti-FGM bill was stopped in Maine just last week:
What’s remarkable about the defeat of the state anti-FGM legislation is that the practice has been banned in the U.S. under federal law since 1996.
The law was amended in 2013 to stop the transport of victims across state lines.
And yet only 24 states have passed anti-FGM laws:
And some states are like Tennessee, where officials refuse to prosecute the state law:
There has only been one federal prosecution for FGM in 20 years, a case that is currently ongoing in Detroit involving victims as young as seven:
So why hasn’t the establishment media made more of this case? Well, the fact that immigrants and Muslims are involved as both victims and those charged make the media establishment queasy. They do not wish to be accused of fostering racism and Islamophobia, just like the UK and the state legislators targeted to prevent taking action against the practice.
As government statistics and now confirmed anecdotal evidence indicate, FGM is now common in Western countries.
Legislators and prosecutors must decide if women’s health is of greater concern than false accusations of racism and “Islamophobia.” As we’ve seen in Minnesota, Maine, and Tennessee this year, it’s unfortunate that this has been a tough choice for them to make.