The GOP has no heart. They show time and again that all they care about is money and power, control and domination. In fact, they very much fit the profile of men who abuse women. And the fact is that their actions and words empower abusers (and domestic terrorists like the KKK). A staggering statistic: 1 in 3 women in the USA experience domestic violence, and since Trump took office, even more men feel entitled to abuse women. And they are getting away with it because Republicans in congress continue to rollback protections and victim services for women. Just like they have rolled back protections for children, for the environment, for our health, and are planning to do to our elderly by reducing or even eliminating social security. At this point, saying you support Trump and the GOP is like saying you support your own abuser.
Excerpt: “In February this year, the Violence Against Women Act, expired. Signed into law twenty-five years ago in 1994 by President Clinton, the VAWA was, in large part, precipitated by O.J. Simpson’s murder of his wife Nicole, resulting in the public’s greater awareness about domestic violence. To date, Republicans have opposed the reauthorization of this updated bill, objecting to the exclusion of the “boyfriend loophole” which allowed people convicted of stalking or abusing non-spouse partners to continue to buy firearms. Republicans claim the bill is a veiled attempt to restrict gun ownership rights. However, a higher rate of gun ownership correlates with a higher rate of femicide in our country and presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of a woman’s death 500%, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
… In effect, as long as women live in a world where Republicans attach more value to the right for abusive men to own guns over women’s safety, women like Megan Montgomery will continue to die at the hands of a man she once loved.
Megan Montgomery isn’t a statistic. She’s a friend, a mother, a daughter, a defender against the inhumane treatment of animals. Moreover, she’s OUR friend, mother, daughter, one who was writing a book to help survivors of domestic violence.
She’s Everywoman, and with her died her hopes and dreams. And with her died a piece of every woman’s hopes and dreams for a more just and humane society.”
With her death, a piece of every woman’s dream for a more just society also died – al.com
— Read on www.al.com/opinion/2019/12/with-her-death-so-died-a-piece-of-every-womans-dream-for-a-more-just-society.html