From The Progress Report -- May 16, 2012:
You Won’t Believe The GOP’s Latest Assault on Women
House GOP Passes Rollback of the Violence Against Women Act
In a show of bipartisanship that is basically unprecedented these days in the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, the Senate recently reauthorized and expanded the Violence Against Women Act on an overwhelming 68-31 vote. (Unfortunately, 31 male Republican Senators still voted no.)
Today, instead of passing this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill, House Republicans passed a watered-down version that actually rolls back existing protections for women.
Here’s the rundown on the latest assault in the GOP’s war on women.
What’s not in the House GOP’s bill?
Important expanded protections for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native Americans.
Some existing protections for victims of domestic abuse.
Click HERE for a complete, detailed rundown of all the problems with this partisan bill.
Who supports the House GOP’s attempts to weaken the law?
A misogynistic “men’s rights” organization that told Rihanna to “woman up” after she was abused by Chris Brown.
Lobbyists for the mail order bride industry.
It’s also worth noting that the coalition of fringe social conservative organizations who opposed the bipartisan Senate included a convicted domestic abuser.
Who opposes the House GOP’s efforts to weaken the bill?
The White House, which has threatened to veto the bill.
Hundreds of groups, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Break the Cycle, Legal Momentum, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority, YWCA USA, AAUW, Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American Bar Association, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, Human Rights Campaign, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and National Congress of American Indians.
IN ONE SENTENCE: Instead of passing a deeply flawed, partisan bill that actually leaves women more vulnerable to abuse, it’s time for House Republicans to stop their war on women and pass the bipartisan Senate Violence Against Women Act.