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A bill that would specifically make female genital mutilation a crime in Maine is heading to a likely vote in the Senate Friday, even as House leaders say they don't plan to hold a vote no matter what the Senate does.

Democrats say the procedure, which is condemned by the World Health Organization, is already a crime covered by Maine's assault statute, and is also a federal crime.

They also claim the bill overstates the problem and specifically targets Maine's immigrant population, but the bill's Republican sponsor, Rep. Heather Sirocki, says her bill would send a strong message against the practice to protect children.


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