Condemn Republican Lawmaker for Dismissing Violence Against Women Act as Misleading

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Target: Rep. John Duncan (R-TN)

Goal: Condemn Duncan for dismissing the Violence Against Women Act as a bill with a “motherhood-and-apple-pie title.”

After being passed in the Senate 78-22, the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is moving to the House of Representatives. John Duncan, who will be voting in the next step of reauthorization as Tennessee’s Republican representative, recently took the opportunity to share his opinions about the bill. Stating that he was still undecided about where his vote would fall, he justified voting against the bill due to its apparently misleading title.

Rep. John Duncan believes that the Violence Against Women Act is conveniently titled to evoke emotional responses, and that the name masks many of the bill’s true features. While he says that in the end, the bills cost will help make his decision, the Violence Against Women Act’s “motherhood-and-apple-pie title” is deceiving. He added, “If you voted [based] on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here. If we’d all done that, the country would have crashed a long time ago.”

The Violence Against Women Act is, despite Duncan’s claims, named for precisely what it intends to do – protect women from domestic violence. There is no justification of voting against a bill that has historically helped make the United States a safer place for women – not even the cost of the bill.

Duncan’s only reason to oppose domestic violence is that, “most men can handle [violence] a little better than a lot of women can.” Sign the petition below to condemn Rep. John Duncan for his dismissive, belittling attitude, and for the gall to consider voting against an act that would only help protect the women of this country.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear John Duncan,

The Violence Against Women Act was recently passed in the Senate with a vote of 78 to 22. The act’s reauthorization process now moves on to the House of Representatives where you, along with other representatives, will vote on the bill. You recently made statements that suggest you believe that the Violence Against Women Act is conveniently titled to evoke emotional responses, and that the name masks many of the bills true features. You claimed that the Violence Against Women Act’s “motherhood-and-apple-pie title” was deceiving, and a vote could not be based simply on a title.

The Violence Against Women Act proposes to do exactly what it states in its title – protect women from domestic abuse. There is no valid reason to vote against this bill – not even the cost of the bill could justify the dismissive tone you have adopted concerning the act. I am writing to express my disappointment over your stance regarding the bill and to condemn your indifferent, belittling attitude towards an act that intends to help protect the women of this country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. There is no excuse for violence against more than half of our population and from whom we are all born. For shame to live in a society that condones actions against women.

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