Everyone’s favorite anti-feminist, Phyllis Schlafly, is at it again. This time, she’s advocating that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) be defunded because it’s anti-family. You know, since it encourages women to leave husbands and partners who are beating them and all.
Via World Net Daily:
Of course, real domestic violence exists and is a crime, and should be punished. However, this issue raises constitutional problems that domestic violence has come to mean whatever a woman alleges, with or without evidence, and men often lose their presumption of innocence and right to confront their accusers.
The fiscal problem is that a billion dollars a year is streaming into the hands of left-wing feminists to pursue their agenda, which does not include preserving or restoring marriage. Taxpayers’ funds are used to lobby for feminist legislation, to train law enforcement and judicial personnel in feminist ideology and in the aggressive enforcement of feminist laws, and to break up families instead of giving them pro-family and anti-substance-abuse counseling.
Yes, we need to make sure more money goes to those who work to “preserve or restore marriage” and “pro-family and anti-substance abuse counseling” (faith based organizations, especially, no doubt), and less to groups that, you know, stop violence or encourage women to leave the partners who are causing them harm.
Because putting someone in jail for beating his wife? Why, that’s just an “aggressive enforcement of feminist laws.”
Between 25 to 50 percent of all women in the world have been a victim of abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. It is projected that 40 to 70 percent of all female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
Staying in an abusive situation isn’t “pro-family,” it’s advocating violence against women.
(Hat Tip, Media Matters)