IWF NOT CHEERING HOUSE PASSAGE OF VAWA
Name-calling, Not Serious Discussion Prevailed
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today Congress passed the Senate reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act sending the bill that renews legislation to protect women victims of domestic and sexual violence to President Barack Obama's desk. Charlotte Hays, director of cultural programs at the Independent Women's Forum, released the following statement:
If we thought the Violence Against Women Act passed today in the House was really the best way to protect women, we’d be cheering. What concerns us most is VAWA includes no provisions for financial oversight, views violence more through an ideological lens than a practical one, erodes constitutional rights of the accused, and perpetuates the idea that society is hostile to women. Many tried to have a serious discussion about VAWA, but what we got instead was name-calling.
Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.