As the country wrestles with the credible accusations of attempted rape made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, we are reminded that Republicans place less value on women’s bodies.
We are reminded that most Republicans believe that the government should be allowed to control women, including forcing them to carry a pregnancy to term against their wishes. And we are reminded that GOP politicians in the House, including Tom McClintock, have been fighting to end laws designed to protect women from harm and discrimination, and may soon succeed. The Violence Against Women’s Act has done a tremendous amount of good. Enacted in 1994 because too many victims were falling through cracks, unable to find the help they needed to escape violence, it has saved countless lives. By providing funding focusing on women and children at-risk and requiring community coordination as a key component, VAWA has triggered institutional change across the country. But Tom McClintock is not a fan. He views VAWA as useless government spending. He ignores the good it does – the lives it has saved – to consistently vote against VAWA and similar laws. And now, because McClintock and his cronies are in charge of the House, we face a real risk that VAWA will expire, ending two decades of life-saving support.
Tom McClintock places profits over people every single time. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.
If you want more information about the Violence Against Women Act, this June 2016 DOJ report, prepared after a broad tour to assess the law’s achievements on its 20th anniversary, is a great resource (https://www.justice.gov/ovw/