VAWA just a costly, des­tined-to-fail ploy

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

Ever since the Vi­o­lence Against Women Act of 2012 (VAWA) squeaked out of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on a party­line vote, ev­ery­one from ac­tors in Hol­ly­wood to the New York Times has been bul­ly­ing mem­bers of the Se­nate to cospon­sor and soon vote for VAWA (“Reese Wither­spoon warns kids of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” Web, Feb. 29).

The bul­ly­ing mes­sage is sim­ple: If you don’t sup­port VAWA, you are wag­ing a war on women and ev­ery woman in Amer­ica will vote against you in the com­ing elec­tion. Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid ap­pears to see VAWA as a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball to get Democrats over the goal line in Novem­ber.

The re­al­ity, how­ever, is quite dif­fer­ent from the con­tentions the bul­lies make. First, although their voices have been there be­fore, this year more cen­ter to cen­ter-right women’s groups are voic­ing their op­po­si­tion to VAWA. Thus, the bat­tle over VAWA is not re­ally a war on women, but rather a war on a cer­tain group of women — those who are wrong on this leg­is­la­tion.

Sec­ond, it must be asked, can deb­trid­den Amer­ica con­tinue to af­ford to pour money down the rathole of failed gen­der-ide­ol­ogy pro­grams? Not only has VAWA failed women, but it has placed women in harm’s way be­cause it is based on a false ide­o­log­i­cal premise. Vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence de­serve bet­ter and are best served by fam­ily poli­cies based on sound so­cial sci­ence re­search.

Fi­nally, VAWA is the left’s most pow­er­ful weapon to de­stroy the tra­di­tional fam­ily and re­de­fine the fam­ily as sin­gle moth­ers and their chil­dren. VAWA de­stroys fam­i­lies by re­mov­ing fa­thers from the home, deny­ing fa­thers due process, deny­ing fa­thers their con­sti­tu­tional rights and sev­er­ing fa­ther-child re­la­tion­ships through false ac­cu­sa­tions.

Yes, there are ma­tri­ar­chal bul­lies. How­ever, al­low­ing bul­lies to waste scarce tax­payer dol­lars on failed pro­grams is not go­ing to re­duce debt, help us turn the corner on the econ­omy, serve vic­tims or save fa­ther-child re­la­tion­ships.

Just say no to VAWA.

GOR­DON E. FIN­LEY

Mi­ami

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