Target: Marsha Blackburn
Goal: Condemn Blackburn’s idea that the Violence Against Women Act should be opposed because it protects “too many groups.”
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) recently admitted that she opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence. Protection offered to these “different groups” dilutes the protection afforded to women who are straight, non-Native American and legal residents of the United States.
She criticized the expansion, stating that adding other groups to the act changed the bill from a “targeted focus act” to an act that protected anyone and everyone from violence. Blackburn’s idea of a positive bill to decrease violence against women is, apparently, a bill that only protects those “deserving” of protection – therefore, anyone who is not straight, white or a legal resident should not be protected under such a bill. As long as multiple groups are protected, Blackburn will oppose the bill.
Domestic violence is domestic violence no matter who it happens to. Blackburn’s offensive ideology suggests that equal protection is not a right every woman deserves, but a right that must be earned by being a “true” citizen of the United States. LGBT, Native American and undocumented victims of domestic violence deserve as much funding, attention and protection as any other woman. Individuals from certain groups should not have to fear being turned away when they go to a shelter for help; they should not have to fear living with violence because their government will side with the abuser over them. Marsha Blackburn’s statements regarding her opposition of the bill are damaging, degrading and disgusting. Sign the petition below to condemn her remarks and to demand that she reconsider their value immediately.
Dear Ms. Blackburn,
Recently, you stated that you opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because it protected too many groups, and therefore diluted the protection given to certain, more deserving groups. I am writing to express my disappointment in these statements and to demand that you apologize immediately.
Domestic violence is domestic violence, no matter who it affects. Protection should not depend on who you are, where you or from, or your sexual orientation. An individual should not be required to pass a test to decide whether or not they are eligible for protection. The Violence Against Women Act is a necessary bill, and the provisions that have been added to it are progressive, not regressive. They speak for a more equal community, where violence against women is abhorred. I condemn your remarks and hope you will reconsider them. If you do not support protection for all women, how can you support protection for one?
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