House passes VAWA reforms!
A recent U.S. News poll found a strong majority of persons are opposed to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in its current form: See Here Many women have questioned the effectiveness and fairness of the existing VAWA law: See Here
Reforms contained H.R. 4970 include strong accountability measures, gender-inclusive language, and provisions to stem fraudulent claims of abuse by immigrants. The current VAWA law has invited immigration fraud by not allowing the US citizen accused of abuse to submit evidence that could refute the accusation.
The White House played an active role in opposing the bill. The Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy on Tuesday stating it would veto any bill that was modeled on H.R. 4970.
During Wednesday’s floor debate, sponsor Sandy Adams (R-FL) withstood numerous challenges. When informed by John Conyers (D-MI) that numerous organizations opposed her bill, she retorted, “Shame on them!”
Following passage of the bill, a number of established domestic violence organizations have reacted with anger and implied threats. The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women called the bill “dangerous.” The National Organization for Women charged that Representatives who voted for the bill “will be judged in the public arena and at the polls in November.”
According to SAVE spokesman Philip W. Cook, “H.R. 4970 certainly is not a perfect bill. Still, passage of the House measure is a victory for victims who have been refused service in the past. It removes most sex discriminatory language. It is also a victory for taxpayers who are tired of the ongoing reports of waste and fraud.”
From the comments section: Anonymous said:
"Hold on there, Sparky. Our president is an open feminist. He has promised to veto the bill.I hope he does it and very soon,so people have one more reason to not vote for him.
This was a step in the right direction,but we ain't out of the woods yet.We're going to have a lot of painful ups and downs between here and there,but we'll make it. We're salty. And we're not going away any time soon."
Update: This is very true. The opposition has stated openly that it detests the idea that heterosexual males will be given equal protection under law. They seek to remove them from protection and instead add other classes of American i.e. gay\lesbian, illegal immigrant \non citizen immigrant and Native Americans. We will see if this happens.
Women's Party leader of The Council On Women and Girls "slammed the Hutchison-Grassley version for substituting “gender-neutral language” The feminists and their president will do everything they can to prevent men from being covered under the equal protection clause of our Constitution.
SAVE thanks the many organizations and individuals who have supported VAWA reform efforts. SAVE will continue to work for ways to reform and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act: www.saveservices.org/pvra .
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments is a victim-advocacy organization working for evidence-based solutions to partner abuse: www.saveservices.org
A sincere thank you goes out to all Men's Rights activists who spread the word and took action during our raising awareness campaign! This was a tremendous effort and our work paid off. Feminists are so angry I can't even tell you how angry they are. Thank you all for your support.