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The rhetoric surrounding women has become increasingly contentious. From proposed bills that would limit our reproductive rights, to many on the Left asserting there is a war against women at play, the dialogue has been extremely dicey lately.

Recently, Democrats have taken up the charge to expand the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which would extend protection to LGBT people and immigrants who are victims of partner violence, as well as allow Native American tribes to prosecute non-Native Americans who are accused of committing violence against Native American women.

Republicans accuse Democrats of playing politics with a serious issue and attempting to pander to their base simply to score political points.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, told CNN: “Their plan isn’t to work together to make it easier to create jobs but to look for ways to make it easier to keep their own, then use it for campaign ads in the run-up to the November elections.”

However, Democrats insist this expansion has little to do with politics and is simply about improving the lives of victims of violence.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California explained, “This bill includes lesbians and gay men. The bill includes undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic abuse. The bill gives Native American tribes authority to prosecute crimes. In my view these are improvements. Domestic violence is domestic violence.”

The VAWA was first signed in 1994 and has since been reauthorized by members of both parties. The current bill has 58 co-sponsors, including five Republicans.

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