House GOP Lets Violence Against Women Act Die

BlogHer Original Post

Hard to believe, but the GOP House just hit a new low on the women’s front. They chose not to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. How will their inexcusable failure affect women across America? It's clear the impact will be profound. Since VAWA passed in 1994, the rate of intimate partner violence fell 67 percent. Blogger Zerlina Maxwell, a rape survivor herself, has a powerful take on the issue at Feministing.com.

She writes:

Given their track record for doing nothing productive for the American people they were elected to represent, it’s not surprising they would throw victims of domestic violence and sexual assault under the bus because they want to ensure no assistance is given to Native Americans, LGBT folks, and immigrants.

VAWA vote

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (right) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) refused to let VAMA come up for a vote.

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