House Passes VAWA Bill So Bad Men’s Rights Group Endorses It

On Wednesday House Republicans passed their bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but unlike the Senate-passed version, the House bill does little to actually protect women from domestic violence.

The bill passed 221-205 on a largely partisan vote. Six Democrats voted for it and 23 Republicans opposed it. Just two GOP congresswomen voted against it: Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.).

The White House had threatened a veto of the House version earlier in the week arguing that it “rolls back existing law and removes long-standing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.” Vice President Joe Biden, an original sponsor of VAWA in 1994 issued a statement attacking the measure. “The House has passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that will roll back critical provisions to help victims of abuse. I urge Congress to come together to pass a bipartisan measure that protects all victims. VAWA has been improved each time it’s been reauthorized, and this time should be no different,” Biden said.

The House version is so bad that over 320 advocacy groups, including faith-based organizations opposed the bill. Further proof of just how horrible this bill is came Tuesday when the National Coalition of Men endorsed the measure as a means of protecting the “true victims” of domestic violence–heterosexual men.

Now both the House and the Senate have to figure out a way to reconcile the two versions of the legislation, a task that right now seems all but impossible.

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Sue H
Sue Habout a year ago

? Thanks for re posting .

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse4 years ago

Men are pigs when they beat up on women; emotionally, physically, psycholically and/or socially.
Why are American Conservatives so reluctant to be dragged into the 21st Century? They are afraid of the rights women have and can therefore able to stand on their own two feet. AWWW poor boo bear.

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Stephanie L.
Stephanie L.5 years ago

Sorry Scott you are way off base. For every one women beating on her boyfriend, there are probably 5,000 women getting straight up battered by their nasty drunk husbands. There are hundreds of thousands of women every year in the ER busted up, in comas, broken faces, broken ribs, raped....

And for centuries the law has brushed it off as "the man's business with his wife". Many of those women were then beaten to death.

So maybe you've had a bad girlfriend or someone you know has, but there is no type of comparison that any informed person (try a cop or a doctor) won't think is ridiculous. Hopefully you're not some jerk who thinks it's okay to pop a broad in the mouth because you don't like what she has to say, and then you think she "pushed" you to do it.

Scott haakon
Scott haakon5 years ago

Violence is violence. It is in the interest of everyone that the law take into account that fact. We get into bigoted legal problems because of our lack of empathy. True some laws are over the top and do not address the real problems. But to ignore abusive acts because they come from a woman rather than a man is unacceptable.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Fred H, she's probably just making fun of you. You don't come across as all that credible. That's me being PC.

Maggie Bradner
Maggie Wilson5 years ago


especially physical conflict. So as Marianne C. said, when there is a case of a woman beating her partner...there is probably a lot more to consider than her just being in a violent rage and taking her feelings out on her husband.

Everyone deserves protection under the law, but when it comes to matters of violence women are at a biological disadvantage and that needs to be recognized.

Maggie Bradner
Maggie Wilson5 years ago

The choice of words "the TRUE victims" is galling... wow.

If I tried to beat up my boyfriend with a real, passionate intention of hurting him... I might get one hit in if he wasn't looking or something, and he would have my hands pinned behind my back and that would be the end of it. If my boyfriend had a real intention of hurting me... he could hospitalize me easily. He could kill me with his hands if he wanted to and there would be little I could do to stop him. I think that this is the typical scenario with most heterosexual couples... unless the man is an invalid, handicapped, very small or so morally against raising a hand to a woman that he wouldn't even defend himself if he was being beaten senseless. (And if that IS the case then of course the man deserves as much protection as a woman!)

Men use violence for different reasons than women... to express hate, aggression, frustration, control, stress, dominance; and taking it out on their partners is easy for them as most women would not be able to fight back with much consequence. If they tried to do the same to their male friends or brothers, they might find themselves seriously injured as well.

Women (the vast majority anyway, there will always be exceptions) don't use violence for these reasons. Women will fight to protect their children, their loved ones or themselves. Women are biologically programmed to keep the peace, keep families and communities together. They will do almost anything to avoid conflict

Olivia Lim
Olivia Lim5 years ago

Do they state their reasons for only listing some groups in the bill for protection?

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

... In what way are men the 'true' victims of Domestic Violence? o_@