FFL Applauds Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act
December 2, 2011
Just days after releasing The American Feminist, "Forward into Light: Exposing Violence. Protecting Women. Demanding Justice," the U.S. Senate has reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act.
Once again, the Violence Against Women Act is a bipartisan bill that reaches across the abortion divide to protect women and prevent violence. Feminists for Life was the only pro-life member of the original coalition that supported the introduction of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.
FFL President Serrin M. Foster was the only feminist to testify in favor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a.k.a. Laci & Conner's Law. She said, "When I read this legislation I see my family, my friends, and yes, myself. VAWA addresses many aspects of the dark spectrum of violence."
The new bill includes provisions:
FFL speaker and rape survivor Joyce McCauley-Benner personally understands the urgency of this legislation: "This important legislation could make a dent in the problem. Violence against women is a social problem and VAWA addresses systemic change. This legislation supports struggling community services and directly impacts how survivors are served. This bill helps women get the justice they deserve."
As a pro-life feminist, take action by calling your Senators and urging them to cosponsor the bill.
Sample phone script / email message:
I know that Senator _________ cares about ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Violence Against Women Act is critical to our ability to address these crimes in our state. There is evidence showing that VAWA has saved millions of dollars and countless lives. We are asking for you to be a co-sponsor of the Leahy/Crapo bill. As a proud member of Feminists for Life, this legislation is important to me. Please contact Anya McMurray or Noah Bookbinder at (202) 224-7703 to sign on to the bill.