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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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  • Greg

    That’s what’s killing me. There are already laws regarding this stuff. The truth is it’s just a sneaky way to put in sexists DV legislation that prohibits the inclusion of hetero males that would probably never past state-to-state on the local level. That’s all it’s about. It’s like Hate Crime legislation, a lil’ sneaky extra to discriminate based on race. That’s not what this country is about. There’s something fishy about that and this VAWA (I don’t care if someone is screaming “Nigga” while he’s beating me down. There’s laws about the beat-down, are there not?) That’s what juries are for (what? juries they didn’t consider these lil extra facts before? of course they did) . It’s a go-around of our legislative process and probably some sort of kickback to correction officer unions (though I haven’t looked into it enough) like the non-legalization of marijuana which was a kickback to corrections officer unions discovered recently.

    It’s sexist and I’m against it unless hetero men are included and several other things. Just look at what Yb wrote above:

    “Not hetreosexual men who are less drastically less likely to be abused and assaulted in every form”

    Well if there’s so FEW of them what’s the harm in including them?
    That ugliness, that hateful attitude towards hetero males is why I had to leave the Democratic Party alone.

  • Donald K Sumner

    Why renew it? Does it protect men as well!?

  • Instead of being a model for democracy, debating the issues that matter most to voters, our politicians at all levels have devolved into a version of their former selves. Children on the play ground in an epic game of boys against girls where we stand around poking each other in the shoulder screaming “You got cooties. Nan Na Nan Na Nan Nann.”