Dispatches From The War On Women: Just How Bad Is House VAWA Bill?

Welcome to Dispatches, your round-up of the latest news from the frontlines of the War on Women. Have a story from your state or an idea on how to push back? Share them here and fight back against the War on Women.

Let’s start with yesterday’s big vote. The House finally passed its version of the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and boy does this bill stink. It attacks some of the most vulnerable women in our communities and exploits them for political gains. It empowers abusers by removing victim confidentiality protections and limits prosecutorial resources. And that is precisely why the men’s rights groups love it.

House Republicans won’t stop with a bad VAWA bill. They’re about to bring a bad “fetal pain” abortion ban also. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) may not represent women in the District of Columbia, but that won’t stop him from trying to take away their access to abortion. Even better, he’s forbidden Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who does represent women in DC from speaking at the hearing against the bill. Because apparently that’s how Franks thinks this democracy thing works.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) is convinced women will love Mitt Romney if they just get to know him.

With eyes on the looming Facebook IPO, let’s talk about the fact that the company doesn’t have a single woman on its board of directors.

The U.S. Army is finally recognizing women in combat-related jobs.

Who has second trimester abortions? The answers may surprise you.

Another good question: where are all the doctors in the battle over reproductive rights?

This woman asks ‘what’s a pro-choice conservative to do?’ I think the answer is fairly obvious: vote Democrat.

One Catholic college has decided to drop giving students health insurance at all rather than comply with the federal birth control mandate. How charitable.

Another cosmetic procedure purporting to “treat” cellulite in women? I’m shocked, really.

Meanwhile Julie Rodriguez reports on the big price some are willing to pay for eggs from Asian donors.

With story after story after story of violence targeting gay and trans members of our communities shows why we need a day like International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Be sure and catch all of the great coverage coordinated by our brilliant Steve Williams.

Last but not least, congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres on her Mark Twain prize in comedy!

Thanks for checking back and don’t forget to send in your stories, suggestions and comments. We’ll be back tomorrow with the latest in the best and the worst from the War on Women. So long as the battle rages, we’ll cover the latest, so please check back!

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Sue H
Sue Habout a year ago

Thanks for re posting this 4 year old and 8th out of ten older VAWA articles .

Deborah F.
Deborah F5 years ago

I do fear for my granddaughter's freedoms.

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

I wonder when people, especially republicans and backward men's rights groups going to realize that we WON'T be put back to barefoot & pregnant status?

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

If more women don't realize that THEIR rights are swiftly being taken away by the narrow minded politicians, and if they don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when women will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Sex Education should be MANDATORY. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom, I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of YOUR VOTE to keep the politicians that are fighting for your equal rights in and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights. Use Google and utube to find answers for your questions. I Googled if Romney was ever for abortions and found out in 2002 he was definitely PRO CHOICE . Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith5 years ago

i certainly hope women will get out and vote for Mr.Obama,while we still can! They will be trying to take that away pretty soon!!

lis Gunn
lis Gunn5 years ago

Thank you for the continuation of Dispatches on the War against Women. They have been informative and a real eye opener for me.
Sadly, America is its own worst critic and the looming elections have illustrated the deep divisions between the Republicans/Democrats, the Religious Rightists, "haves and have nots", the "battles / wars" on women, , etc.health care, class, same sex relationships, refugees/ "illegal aliens", protection of the environment/GLOBAL warming the "big end of town" ( big oil, big pharma and Wall Street, the Vatican of the capitalist world - one doesn't overthrow the Vatican), etc.

Perhaps the problem is lies with your voting laws. It seems the apathetic or lazy don't vote and only the passionate and/or extreme get out there to register and/or vote Even then, they usually register as Democratic or Republican and that's it. Try compulsory voting where everyone eligible has to show up at a polling place whether they caste a vote for a party or just submit a blank ballot. And elections should be conducted by an independent authority, not the parties themselves.

But horror of horrors, that would be an infringement of individual liberties??????? At least one would get a majority result, not one third of the population electing a government for all.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black5 years ago

I get angry every time I read this column. I keep thinking that things will get better then I read that Romney and Obama are tied in the polls. This really hacks me off; I know there are more women voters than men. Why don't they stand up and speak. I certainly hope they do in November. If not, maybe the majority of women want to be second class citizens. I am old, and I don't have to worry about a lot of the issues younger women do, but I am willing to fight for younger women with my vote and my money. Why don't they unite? This is the same way I feel about Gov. Walker. He is not in my state, but I have contributed money to support those who are opposed to him. I have signed petitions. Yet, I keep getting letters that those from other states need to contribute to stop him. I live in Missouri; I am contributing my money to Claire McCaskill because the Republicans are out to get her. I don't think that those in Wisconsin are contributing to save Claire. Sometimes you have to stand up and fight in your own back yard. But, I am giving one more contribution to stop Walker; it will be my last.

Wanda Logan
Wanda Logan5 years ago

Wow! Lots of interesting discussion, name-calling, back-biting....David R........I would love to come flying in and rescue you, but I have to agree with Gene......I know there are men out there who have been treated injustly siting this law, (2 come to mind) but many more times it is the woman who suffers abuse at the hands of a man....sometimes even her husband....and men can always walk away from abuse, but women are often times STUCK with nowhere to go, no way to provide for themselves or their children if they leave. We need a law that protects us ALL from abuse and apparently there WAS such a law, but it failed to addredd the issues specifically of women being abused, so another law was put on the books to correct that deficiency. Now, it is being taken away. I guess we will see the repercussions.....and hopefully we will be openminded enough to interpret the results in a bi-partisan way??????

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

VOTE OBAMA - all democrat ticket, lets get rid of the repugthugs!

David Menchell
David Menchell5 years ago

Bretty, it is a shame that people like you have to sink to the level of personal attacks in discussing matters like this, but when you don't have an intelligent comment to make, I guess politicizing this issue to defend an indefensible position is the only approach you can take. I don't detest VAWA per se, I detest all laws and the people who support them that reek of bias, male or female, racial, religious or otherwise. Correct the deficiencies in VAWA to protect the real victims of domestic violence, not allow the law to be subverted by attorneys and immigrant scams, and not hand money to people who pay lip service to domestic violence protection while pocketing the money, and I'm fine with it. Apparently you think that throwing money at a problem without accounting for how it is spent is OK; I guess that's a Democratic thing, judging from your own rant? I don't consider myself Democrat or Republican, since there is hypocracy, graft and corruption on both sides of the aisle, but I guess you're not intelligent enough to see that either.