Ilhan Omar, the newly-elected U.S. representative from Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, and a member of the left-wing “Justice Democrats,” opposed a 2017 law in her state that banned the practice of female genital mutilation.
Omar is being celebrated as one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, and a member of a new cohort of young, “progressive” and “diverse” representatives who purportedly represent the future of the Democratic Party.
Yet Omar’s stance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is anything but “progressive.”
In 2017, she was one of only four members of the Minnesota State House to vote against a law that made 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,” as well as “increas[ing] penalties for those who perform the procedure,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. READ MORE