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February 4, 2013 Print

Take Action: Violence Against Women Act Misleading

by Bethany Monk

Members of the U.S. Senate are scheduled to vote on legislation Thursday that purports to protect women, but really expands a feminist movement and funds pro-abortion efforts

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law in 1994, is up for reauthorization. Though the name may sound reassuring, the bill has ties to international “reproductive rights” programs that promote abortion.

“Ironically, it does not address the problem of sex-selection abortion based on the gender of the baby — one of the most egregious practices of violence against females in the world today,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, director of issues response for CitizenLink. “The millions of dollars already invested into VAWA and its related programs have not demonstrated evidence of preventing acts of violence.”

VAWA programs are hurting, not helping victims.

“Although there is little credible evidence that VAWA programs are reducing the effects and occurrence of domestic and sexual violence, there is evidence that several of the policies instituted under VAWA may actually be harming the very victims they were designed to protect,” Christina Villegas with the Independent Women’s Forum writes  in the Huffington Post.

In addition, waste and fraud have been revealed in VAWA grants.

“VAWA’s effectiveness becomes even more dubious in light of the absence of adequate safeguards to ensure that funds are being spent on assisting victims,” she explained. “The Government Accountability Office and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General have exposed several instances of waste, fraud and abuse and have repeatedly highlighted the failure of the Office of Violence Against Women to monitor its grants proficiently.”

Urge U.S. Senators to vote “No” on reauthorization of VAWA (S. 47) which allocates money to international pro-abortion efforts and has not demonstrated effectiveness in reducing violence against women

Read Villegas’ blog “VAWA Needs a Serious Overhaul.”