A bill to criminalize female genital mutilation in Maine is dead after state lawmakers in the House refuse to take it up again.

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"I think its child abuse. I don't think any girl should have to go through this."

L-D 745 proposed to criminalize female genital mutilation, or FGM, making it a class B crime to perform the procedure on someone under 18, also allowing their parent or guardian to face charges.

Kennebec County district attorney Maeghan Maloney says the Maine prosecutor's association supported the bill.

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