Three news-aggregation articles by Quin Hillyer at Liberty Headlines. Just click on the headlines to read the full stories.

Maine Democrats allow mutilations

In a vote almost too mind-boggling for words, Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives killed a bill last week that would have banned the barbaric custom of female genital mutilation (FGM), with every Democrat but one voting not to expressly ban the practice.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes FGM as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women,” but carries with it significant, lasting health risks – and “is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.”

It also characterizes the practice in the category of “torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.”…


Trump may slow Planned Parenthood funding

Pro-life citizens in more than 140 locations across the country held rallies over the weekend urging the Trump administration to issue rules that would curtail tens of millions of dollars annually from federal funding of abortions….


Senate Republicans inch toward minor budget cuts

Senate Republican leaders may, kinda-sorta, perhaps, with some hesitation, be considering the idea of showing a few vertebrae, if not an entire backbone, in embracing some modest budget savings proposed by President Trump, in the face of predictable Democratic criticism. …

But now, according to The Hill newspaper, “Senate Republicans are warming to President Trump‘s proposal.”

“If the House is able to pass the rescissions package, we’ll take a look at it,” McConnell said.

That’s not much of an endorsement, but from the uncommunicative McConnell, it amounts to at least a miniature seismic shift.

And McConnell’s number two man, John Cornyn of Texas, was more definitive: “I would certainly like to see us move on it.”…..