Republican-Fail, Republicans, War on Women — February 28, 2013 at 3:51 pm

UPDATED – Women betrayed: TEN female House Republicans vote against the Violence Against Women Act


Thanks for nothing, ladies

UPDATE: I mistakenly identified only nine women members of Congress that voted against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The number is actually TEN. Thanks to Kathy Kramer in the comments who pointed out my oversight.

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) which had lapsed in 2011. Renewal of the VAWA was repeatedly voted down by Republicans for nearly two years. The version the House passed today was a comprehensive bill that extended protections to Native American women, lesbians & gays, and immigrants. It was passed after a watered-down Republican version was rejected. Because the bill they passed had already passed the Senate, it now goes to President Obama for his signature.

When the bill passed the Senate, every single woman in the Senate voted for it. However, among the 138 House members who voted against it today, all whom were Republicans, there were nine TEN women who joined them.

Here’s the list of female members of Congress who voted against protecting women from domestic violence and other forms of violence against women:

  • Michele Bachman (MN-06)
  • Diane Black (TN-06)
  • Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
  • Renee Ellmers (NC-02)
  • Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
  • Vicky Hartlzer (MO-04)
  • Cynthia Lummis (WY)
  • Kristi Noem (SD)
  • Martha Roby (AL-02)
  • Ann Wagner (MO-02)

Let’s give these brave women a hand shall we? Rather than making sure that women in this country are protected from violence, they stayed loyal to the hateful ideology of the Republican Party, did their part in the Republican War on Women and tried to ensure that those protections would never come to be.

It’s word I’m using a lot today but I feel compelled to use it again: shameful.

P.S., my own anti-woman Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) joined his colleagues in voting against this important legislation. The rest of the list is HERE.

[Images by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

  • I could have told you that Bachmann and Foxx were on that list before I opened it. They are the worst of the worst among female members of Congress.

  • Like conservative gays voting against equal rights and minorities voting against Civil/Voting Rights, these people need to be shamed. Publicly.

  • rustlingfemininazyjimmies


    • Bryan Sheehan

      I’d sure like you to get a penile ultrasound, but they don’t make them in micro sizes yet, sparky.

  • Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) voted against VAWA, too. She says she’s going to introduce a law that does for Native American women what VAWA already does because VAWA is “unconstitutional”. Yeah.

    • Thank you. I have updated and credited you.

  • All White women.

  • Smith

    Great article. Well stated. Thank you.
    We have R-Rep Massie in Boone County, KY, who voted against it in spite of our persistent tweets & phone calls! Bqhatevwr!

  • Susan Weber

    What I would have liked to see here is their reasons for voting against this. A little more information on the issue for us living outside of the country. This is indeed horrible, however.

    • Vic

      “Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name-calling, or damaging one’s relationship with his or her children.”

      Ya. What could possibly go wrong with having a felony record for telling your wife she spends too much money and diminishing her ability to budget?

      Cool Law!

      • Thumbgumby

        You don’t feel that it is a sad state of affairs that men need to be told how to act by the government? Would you rather stick around and mentally abuse someone or move on knowing that person will never satisfy your expectations? And who says they would treat mental abuse the same as physical abuse in terms of sentencing?

  • The bat crap crazy party keeps getting crazier.

  • muhammad zain

    women in this country and everywhere are not protected from violence.

    • GreddyTaylor

      No one is “protected.” People never seem to get to the point in their thinking that none of this stuff is worth the paper it is written on because it can’t do anything UNTIL something has already happened. “Protected” assumes these laws, VAWA or any other can act as some sort of preemptive shield. It can’t. Nothing but a squad of 24/7 armed guards can even come close to something on that level. There are mountains of laws all around the world against murder. Do murders still happen?

      • Lou

        Finally a sense of reason! I just kept reading the sheep following the flock smdh……

  • Toka313

    Does that make it ok for me to punch these women if I see them?

  • Katya

    Does anyone know what does this bill say?

    Unless I’m mistaken, violence against anyone, regardless of gender/race/sexual orientation (aka discrimination) can already be legally prosecuted

    • Daniel

      This report shows how how VAWA is discriminating against men.

      One example is how funding is distributed to domestic violence shelters. While statistics for domestic violence show it to be approximately gender neutral in western countries, most of the funding goes to shelters that refuse men (and boys over a certain age), and there are no male domestic violence shelters for men.

      VAWA also had a DV hotline, where women can call if they are abused. Men on the other hand are not included and often referred to the male batterer online (which there is none for women).

      • Thumbgumby

        Regardless of your concern, the point of the bill was to give assistance to domestic abuse victims. That stands alone.
        Statistically wise, there is still a large disparity between male and female abuse victims. The females also have more serious injuries, due to size I imagine. Men don’t report abuse or seek help for it as often either, probably because they feel less threatened for their lives wouldn’t you think? Most of all, reports of physical abuse from men usually involve mutual involvement. So they may have instigated it themselves. Other reports involve substance abuse which may cause people to do things they normally wouldn’t do.
        I am not saying that there may not be a need for male assistance but that the whole male attitude may have a lot to do with why there is less action.

        • GreddyTaylor

          “Regardless of your concern, the point of the bill was to give assistance to domestic abuse victims.” UTTER bullsh!t. Because it most certainly does NOT provide assistance to ALL domestic abuse victims.

          • It would help if you actually read the bill:

            .”NONEXCLUSIVITY.—Nothing in this title shall be construed to prohibit male victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from receiving benefits and services under this title.”

          • Apparently, you ask too much, Sko. : )

        • SnakeEyez

          “Men don’t report abuse or seek help for it as often either, probably because they feel less threatened for their lives wouldn’t you think?”

          Maybe its because they realize that the law wouldn’t give even half a damn about it.

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  • VAWA is discriminatory and bigoted in the extreme. It ignores the 50% of victims of intimate partner violence who are male in order to pander to the extremist feminist agenda of division, hatred, and intolerance. Shame on every member of congress who passed this discriminatory legislation that treats half of all victims like non-people.

    • guest

      no it does not. read it. you are misinformed. it covers ALL victims of domestic violence, regardless of gender. male or female. so did the old act. DUH.

      • GreddyTaylor

        On paper maybe. In practice completely false. There are ZERO VAWA funded DV shelters for male victims. Male victims AND male children above a certain age (12y.o. IIRC) are barred from female shelters. VAWA related materials almost always refer to abusers as “he” and victims as “she” and I have NEVER seen it vice-versa. VAWA provides for a victim’s assistant in court for women only not fr males. Doesn’t sound too equal to me.

        • Bob Gray

          The Duluth Model: Jim Crow for the 21st Century with a sexist twist.

        • Maybe you should get out there and get involved, the way women have been involved for decades activating for domestic violence shelters for women, instead of whining in a blog comment.

          • SnakeEyez

            What ever happened to equality for all? While activating said shelters, why at the same time bar men and boys past a certain age from them? Men face abuse as well. I guess that equality spiel was all BS in the end.

        • SnakeEyez

          “There are ZERO VAWA funded DV shelters for male victims. Male victims AND male children above a certain age (12y.o. IIRC) are barred from female shelters.”

          The VAWA crusaders and the feminists are very hush hush when it comes to who gets barred from so called havens.




        • Dude, turn off the caps lock. Also learn to read. “Extended” protections means NA women, immigrant and LGBT were* added* to the list of protected classes.

    • Thumbgumby

      There are a lot of misinformed rightwingers that are taking up this argument, a diversion tactic that they are fed. Not only is it a sorry excuse for not protecting people’s rights but it is completely fabricated, the kind of information that your masters like to exploit to set you on the path of ignorance, hence, frothing at the mouth madness they need from you to spread their gospel.

      • GreddyTaylor

        Except it isn’t fabricated. Do a search for a male DV center funded by VAWA. Good luck.

        • You know how you get domestic shelters started in your own city? Do a search and see how women have been doing it for decades.
          Why wait for the government to do it for you? We didn’t.

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  • Arielle

    Just one small thing… I think “Vicky Hartlzer (M-04)” s/b “Vicky Hartlzer (MO-04).” That’s all, thanks for your great work Chris!!

  • Once again i face the dilemma of any intelligent, left leaning male — to
    side with the misandrists on my own side or to praise the classists on the
    right. This time i must do the latter. These women probably did it for the
    wrong reasons, but they nonetheless did the right thing — anything that prioritizes
    violence against women over violence against men and children is morally wrong,
    that’s all there is to it.

  • i am worthy to judge

    I knew also that Bachmann would be on there. If you would like to leave her a message she can be reached at 666-666-6666 press 1 for hell, press 2 for hades, press 3 for my life choices are going to leave my a$$ crispy in the end.

  • GreddyTaylor

    They did the right thing. VAWA is a useless boondoggle and all the shouts of “protect the wimmins!” fails to recognize that EVERYONE and that includes women were and are ALREADY protected under assault laws. Please, please, point out one act of physical violence that was not already illegal that VAWA now covers. And by the way, the CONSTITUTION via the 5th and 14th amendment guarantees EQUAL protection under the law. VAWA does not offer equal protection. So, it seems as the hysterical VAWA crowd doesn’t seemed too concerned with principles of the constitution which, BTW is the ONLY thing standing between what women have in this country and what they have in a country like oh, for example, Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia.

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  • Equalityforeveryone

    These ten women wanted actual equality. Men have fought hard for women to have equal rights, why cant women return the favor?

    • There is nothing in the VAWA that prevents male victims of abuse from using any of the protections set forth in the bill. Read the “Nonexclusivity” clause in the bill (posted below).

      And really, “Men have fought hard for women to have equal rights”? Seriously?
      If that were the case, women would have equal rights.

  • These are not women I would be proud of! And some of you commenting so much on here remind me of someone who MUST be some sort of an abuser by the amount of rants you have posted.

    • SnakeEyez

      So if one doesn’t agree with your point of view then that makes them an abuser? Its a sexist piece legislature and these women saw through it as well. We already have laws that outlaw abuse. Only thing VAWA has done has made it possible for women like Crystal Magnum destroy men’s lives with false accusations while they face no repercussions for making false claims. Whatever happened to equality for all? The movie Animal Farm comes to mind when I see such garbage being passed around.

  • Crimson_D82

    The title of your story is complete crap.

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