Our GOP Congressman-Crawford, Griffin, and Womack-making us proud…
The House has just passed a watered-down version of the Violence Against Women Act, by a vote of 222 to 205. The GOP-backed iteration of the bill strips out the provisions to protect undocumented, Native American, and LGBT victims that were included in the Senate version.
VAWA is usually a non-controversial, bipartisan effort, but this year has become a political talking point, with Republicans trying to slow its passage and providing fewer protections for victims. A misogynistic ‘men’s rights’ group has even voiced its support for the GOP’s version of the bill.
And yes, all three of our Republican caveman Congressman voted the way the misogynists that praised the bill wanted them to. (Mike Ross, bless his washed up political career, voted the right way.) This weakening of something that shouldn’t be controversial is, of course, all in line with the Republican belief that it’s okay to hit “certain people”. But here’s the really sickening part. This weakened excuse for a bill would let abusers to know their victims asked for help. The language in the bill targets immigrant women, who already have plenty of reason to fear going to the police. Confidentiality is important in protecting victims of abuse, and no one should ever have to fear doing what they need to do to put an end to the violence, no matter who they are or what neanderthals like Crawford, Griffin, and Womack think about people like them.