Violence Against Women Act: More Republican Misogyny At Work

13 Feb

Protect women? We have gays and immigrants to demonize first!

The Violence Against Women Act has been law since 1994. Passed with broad bipartisan support, the bill enhanced investigation and prosecution of violent crimes perpetrated against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in cases prosecutors chose to leave unprosecuted. Since its initial passage, the bill has been reauthorized twice, in 2000 and 2005. The last reauthorization had unanimous consent in the Senate, an amazing 415 yes votes in the House, and was signed by Pres. George W. Bush. Seems like it should be pretty clear for reauthorization this year, doesn’t it?

Instead, Republicans have hijacked the debate over the bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee failed to get a single Republican vote to pass the bill. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R – Misogyny) offered a substitute bill that slashed funding, eliminated the Justice Dept. office that enforces the bill and removed language protecting lesbians and transgender women as well as seriously restricting access to services by immigrants.

REALLY? Is all the political posturing so important that women’s lives should be put at risk? Should services that have had nearly 20 years of broad support be gutted so we can strip away rights from the oppressed? Apparently that’s what the Republican thugs on the Committee are interested in. Stand up to this abuse of power and sign the DailyKos petition demanding reauthorization today!

3 Responses to “Violence Against Women Act: More Republican Misogyny At Work”

  1. nevercontrary February 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    When discussing with Republicans how they could possibly vote republican, I have come the conclusion they are completely clueless as to what actual republican politicians are doing in Washington.
    If I start telling all the republicans the sky is falling because god is mad at the gays how many people do you think would hide in a cave and never come out?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 13, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      I’m with you! I don’t quite understand how people can be Republican today. It seem like either willful ignorance or a combination of fear and hate.

  2. Jeff February 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Why is there such a sexist law out there in the first place.. It should be just as illegal no matter who is the victim. Wow..some people need to get over themselves.

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