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Four Democrats will give away the donations Harvey Weinstein made to their campaigns as they try to distance themselves from the Hollywood heavyweight after a bombshell report revealed numerous allegations of the sexual harassment against him. Patrick J Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts each said they would be passing off the donations — between ,000 and ,600 — to charities, the New York Times reported.More politicians are expected to follow suit after Weinstein, a significant donor who has long supported liberal politicians including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, settled with at least eight women in cases dating back to the 1990s, according to two unnamed company officials.At least one of the Minnesota girls whose parents took them to a Michigan doctor now charged with performing the procedure — the case that inspired the House bill — was not Somali, according to child protection documents. Some of our sisters who grew up in Africa went through this.
Weli says she worries the House discussion framed the issue as a Somali community problem when almost a dozen immigrant communities in Minnesota hail from countries that practice genital cutting.
For parents who came to the United States with girls who’d already undergone the procedure, the bill, which mandates reporting to authorities by health care providers and others, could discourage doctor visits.
The bill requires Minnesota’s health commissioner to provide outreach and education about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) in immigrant communities — and to seek private funds to do that.
“We all agree this practice is absolutely horrible, and something needs to be done,” said the author, Sen. “How can we empower communities to address this practice from within rather than having Big Brother come down and say, ‘This is wrong? Mary Franson, who introduced the House bill, said the Senate is bowing to pressure from groups “more concerned with perception than doing the right thing and protecting girls.” “Watering down the bill really does a disservice to the little girls who are in danger,” she said.
Franson’s bill makes it a felony for parents to subject their daughters to the procedure and calls for loss of custody and prison terms from five to 20 years, depending on the extent of the injuries.“How can you protect children when you take them away from their families and put them in foster care? Hodan Hassan, a mental health clinician, also argues for a less punitive approach.