Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has declared that Republican senators are waging a "war against women," because Republicans are raising legitimate concerns over the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). He's being aided by the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), who wants to bring this partisan bill to the floor by the end of March, because he believes it will help the Democrats with their base.
VAWA, in its current form, is a boondoggle for feminist groups. It has morphed into a series of rigid and ineffective law enforcement programs that continue to spend approximately $455 million each year. Instead of helping women and children, this legislation creates a large bureaucracy and destroys the family by obscuring real violence in order to promote the feminist agenda.
Additionally, VAWA broadly defines "domestic violence" against women. These broad definitions actually squander the resources for victims of actual violence by failing to properly prioritize and assess victims.
Finally, this bill creates a new series of expensive and unnecessary programs that further complicate the process of giving aid to these women and push a feminist agenda (such as one $15 million program that attempts to "re-educate" school children into domestic violence ideology [Section 302]).
VAWA harms women by diluting assistance to real victims and by tearing the family apart. Please call your senators today at 202-224-3121, and urge them to oppose VAWA. To find your senators, please click here.
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