Violence Against Women Act
ALERT: In 1994, during the Clinton administration, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) introduced the "Violence Against Women Act" (VAWA). It passed, and was re-authorized in 2000; now, it's up for another re-authorization vote in the Senate, with support from plenty of groups like NOW and the Feminist Majority.
Sounds good, right? No one supports violence against women. So we should support the re-authorization of this Act, right?
Actually, NO -- at least, not as it's presently written. Somewhere along the way, VAWA became "a huge funneling scheme to radical feminist activists who use the funding to basically set up anti-men programs," according to Wendy Wright, senior policy director of Concerned Women for America, the largest women's organization in the country. Now, the Act "seems more to be about funding the radical left than about finding a solution," says Wright.
Gee, no wonder NOW and the Feminist Majority are so hyped on pushing this bill through.
Recognizing the need to protect women from violence, the Violence Against Women Act, as currently written, is DECEPTIVE in its purported aims and DESTRUCTIVE to American families and freedom. Well-intentioned lawmakers are being misled about its purposes and effects. Even feminist advocate Andrea Dworkin acknowledged that the original bill was enacted only because "Senators don't understand the meaning of the legislation that they pass."
The vote for re-authorization of VAWA is coming up SOON in both houses of Congress. We need to URGE our elected representatives to withhold or withdraw ANY support for this re-authorization bill, unless and until VAWA is significantly modified to END its gender-based discrimination and its funding of radical left-wing organizations.
TAKE ACTION: VAWA is a prejudiced act which violates the 14th amendment's guarantee of equal rights. It does not help male victims of family violence (who studies show are fully HALF of the victims), and it's explicitly written in such a way as to effectively eliminate help to male victims.
The political reality, however, is that this Act *will* be re-authorized (what candidate wants to go on record as being against women and children?). We can, however, *change* VAWA -- and a good start would be to rename it the "Family Violence Prevention Act," making the bill gender-neutral; amend it to explicitly prohibit denial of funding or services to any victims of domestic violence; and strictly prohibit funds from being used for any political purpose.
Click through NOW to urge your Congressman and Senators to withhold or withdraw ANY support for re-authorization of the "Violence Against Women Act" (S. 1197, HR 2876) unless VAWA is modified in both name and funding:
NOTE: Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to help END the "Violence Against Women Act's" gender-based discrimination and its funding of radical left-wing organizations! Thank you!
William Greene, PresidentRightMarch.com