In Domestic Violence Bill, Battery Not Included

By Tony Perkins

March 20, 2012

How naive does the Left think women are? Very, if their latest campaign strategy is any indication. The real architects behind the “war on women” are moving on to the second phase of their battle. The objective? Painting Republicans as a party of sexist Neanderthals. Fortunately, most female voters are smarter than Senate Democrats, and they recognize the push for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for what it is: a cheap political trick. First off, let me say that as a former police officer, I understand firsthand the crisis of domestic violence. You don’t have to be in law enforcement to recognize how dangerous these situations are for the families involved. Every decent person wants to end abuse. In this case, though, Democrats aren’t trying to protect women–they’re trying to protect their jobs.

Instead of asking senators to reauthorize the original legislation, which cruised through Congress with bipartisan support, Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) intentionally loaded the bill with provisions the GOP cannot support–like loopholes for immigration, millions more in spending, special homosexual protections, and more big government bureaucracy. Their goal was to make the legislation so objectionable that Republicans would be forced to oppose it and fuel the lie that the GOP is anti-woman. “If we had just a straight reauthorization, it would pass 100 percent,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said.

Even that would be generous for a law that most experts agree has been hugely ineffective at curbing abuse. According to Phyllis Schafly, the 18-year-old initiative has been more like a slush fund for the feminist lobby. Yet, “VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the nearly billion dollars a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations,” she writes. In detail, she explains how the bill discriminates against men and violates basic legal protocol. Even if a woman has no proof of the abuse, “any man who is accused of domestic violence effectively loses a long list of constitutional rights accorded to ordinary criminals.”

Senate Republicans want to change that by offering some amendments that strike the Left’s gratuitous add-ons and fix the accounting problems. “[W]e need to consider the Violence Against Women Act,” Sen. Grassley told reporters, “…but there must be a fair process that includes consideration of our alternative that ensures more money goes to victims rather than bureaucrats and helps root out more of the well-documented fraud in the program.” Sen. Reid won’t allow it. His party is more interested in using the vote as a fundraising ploy.

If anything, women should be insulted by the Left’s campaign. It assumes that they can be suckered into blindly supporting any measure just because it’s cleverly worded. As we learned from the President’s “Affordable Care Act,” names can be deceiving. In this case, the Violence Against Women Act does real violence to the budget and individual freedom. So far, Republicans have refused to be intimidated. And they have no reason to be, because the real record of protecting women is on the conservatives’ side.

Senators Schumer and Reid have, for years, supported abortion policies that have committed violence against millions of unborn girls in the womb. They ignored the growing evidence of the harm abortion does to women. They stood by and did nothing when President Obama defunded the leading program on sex trafficking because its operators refused to endorse abortion. And where were these senators last week when the President took away Medicaid funding from 130,000 poor women in Texas over the state’s pro-life policy? Now suddenly, they want to use battered women as pawns in their reelection strategy. Excuse us if we don’t see what’s so “pro-women” about that.

Source: Family Research Council