One of the bills still up for re-authorization is the “Violence Against Women Act”, the landmark 1994 law that strengthened the nation’s efforts against domestic violence, sexual assaults and stalking. In April 2012 Republican Senators joined with Democratic Senators to approve a strong re-authorization bill. Instead of supporting the hard work of the Senators, the House Republicans pushed to pass a watered down version, ignoring President Obama’s veto threat. Unless change happens, the Republicans will be responsible for blocking the renewal of this popular lifesaving bill.
As of today the House Republicans have not approved this bill because they are against funding for programs and initiatives designed to help victims. These services are needed to ensure communities have support to help women and children protect themselves. This bill expired in 2011. If Romney is elected there is also a realistic chance Roe v. Wade will be overturned. With the possibility of one maybe two justices retiring during the next administration, this could allow for the president to nominate more conservative-minded judges to the Supreme Court. This could allow for enough votes to overturn the 1973 ruling.
Even if legality of abortion is not directly addressed, it could center on whether a pregnant woman should be required to view an ultrasound image of the fetus before an abortion. This could be used as an opportunity to rule on Roe v. Wade as a whole. If Roe v. Wade were overturned, laws regarding abortion would be decided by each state. So with the elections just around the corner let’s examine which of candidates value our vote. Do they want our vote or does it seem like we are a low priority on their list of agendas? Let them know how you feel by voting the issues at the polls not the parties. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, let your voice be heard through your vote.