The GOP is balking at Democratic attempts to extend the coverage of the Violence Against Women Act, one of the most effective laws on the books since 1994 and since renewed twice without controversy, to same-sex partners and undocumented immigrants.
The GOP is far out of bounds on this one. A law with consequences as grave as this one (hmm… a law of gravity?) should cover all persons within America’s borders, no matter how they’re here and no matter what their sexual orientation. Violence is violence: violence does not suddenly become an acceptable means of dispute resolution just because one or both of the parties are LGBT or undocumented.
Democrats have 59 signatories of the new version of the law in the Senate, including six Republicans. Considering the Republican war on women recently, the wars on abortion, contraception and affordable women’s health care through, say, Planned Parenthood, one would expect the GOP to think twice about risking non‑renewal of this broadly successful law that has, in fact, reduced violence against women… deaths by 35%, nonfatal acts by 53%. But apparently today’s GOP lives to astonish us all, and it seems prepared to put up a fight.
As for American women: why would you vote for a party that loathes you so much that it would risk infringement of your human rights?
UPDATE: as if that weren’t enough, the GOP seems prepared to double down on its opposition to requirements that insurers cover contraceptives, despite polls that clearly show Americans see the matter, not as a religious rights issue, but as a women’s health issue. This surely will also get Republicans in trouble with their “clients,” the insurance industry, which by and large likes contraceptives because they reduce long-run medical costs. With the GOP, if it’s not “open mouth, insert foot,” it’s “open butthole, insert head.”