Are Republicans Really Trying To Kill Women? Is This The Type Of Debate We Need In Delaware?
February 22, 2012 by charliecopeland
From a recent Senator Chris Coons email blast…
If you’re like me, you’ve been outraged by the recent string of Republican political attacks on women’s health and safety.
Last week, House Republicans opened a hearing on women’s health that featured a panel comprised exclusively of men. Their purpose for the hearing was to attempt to deny insurance coverage for women seeking access to birth control. Republican senators have even introduced legislation to allow employers to deny their female employees coverage for contraception.
And now, Senate Republicans are trying to stand in the way of women’s safety and block the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA).
We need to make sure they hear from us. Politics should never come before women’s health and safety.
Stand up for the Violence Against Women Act by sharing your support with your friends and sending a strong message to Congressional Republicans.
With your help earlier this month, we were able to pass VAWA through the Senate Judiciary Committee. But now the bill is under threat, leaving vital programs that protect women hanging in the balance.
Yesterday I convened a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss why it’s important to them that Congress reauthorizes VAWA.
We need to get the word out that VAWA is in jeopardy.
Join me in supporting the Violence Against Women Act.
Since it was first enacted in 1994, VAWA has helped reduce domestic violence incidents by 50% by giving law enforcement the tools to prosecute and prevent future attacks and funding programs that provide necessary resources to victims.
This year’s reauthorization will strengthen the capacity of law enforcement to stop domestic violence, expand support for programs that help victims, and prevent discrimination in support for victims based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
We can’t let Congressional Republicans get their way and put politics ahead of women’s health and safety. It’s time to stand up and be heard.
No, I haven’t been “outraged”. And, most of the Republicans that I know are decent human beings (many of them women) who don’t endorse violence against anybody — women, children, men, dogs, whales, etc.
Delaware used to be a place where people could have disagreements and talk about them reasonably. Sure, during campaigns, negative ads get run, but the 24 x 7 x 365 constant barrage of mean-spirited invective & partisan claptrap that had infected much of the rest of the country had missed Delaware. Perhaps having to run against Christine O’Donnell and spending too much time with folks like Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have altered Senator Coons.
To quote Shakespeare: “Et tu, Brute? The unkindest cut…”